Panorama of the Sanctuary at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland, Maine

Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland, Maine is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. In 1852, the first Episcopal service was held in Rockland, which led to the formation of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The Church’s current structure was built in 1884 and designed by William Ralph Emerson in the Shingle style, which draws from both English and American Colonial style architecture and rejects the highly ornamental patterns of the Victorian era.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at the Old German Meeting House in Waldoboro, Maine

The Old German Meeting House in Waldoboro, Maine is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. Built in 1772, the Old German Meeting House was the center of the German Lutheran community, who began immigrating to Waldoboro in 1740 at the invitation of Samuel Waldo, promising a better life.

If you would like to learn more about the meeting house, please visit the Old German Meeting House’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

AUS faculty member named President of prestigious International Panorama Council

Sharjah/ 18 October 2017
AUS faculty member named President of prestigious International Panorama Council

Seth Thompson, a faculty member from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS), has been named as President of the International Panorama Council (IPC), a non-government and not-for-profit international organization committed to supporting the heritage and preservation of the few existing panoramas dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the promotion of knowledge and awareness of the panorama, including its current relevance and development.

IPC, which is located in Switzerland and consists of an international Board, promotes both historical and modern panorama research and fosters worldwide communication about the art form. Since its founding in 1992, annual conferences have been held worldwide offering intense encounters that connect the past, present and future of the panorama phenomenon worldwide. IPC also publishes books, a journal and a newsletter.

Thompson, who is an Associate Professor of Art and Design, began his three-year term as President of the Council in early October. He says:

“I am delighted to have been elected President of such an esteemed organization, which undertakes important work in highlighting the significance of the panorama in media art history and its contribution to the development of modern media. In a sense, the panorama is a 19th century version of virtual reality, but using the technology and tools of its time”

The appointment has been welcomed by the Dean of CAAD, Dr. Varrki Pallathucheril, who says:

“On behalf of AUS, I would like to extend my congratulations to Seth Thompson on this recognition of his standing in that scholarly community. Our institution benefits from faculty engaging with organizations such as the International Panorama Council. I am sure that Seth will be a great asset to the Council in his capacity as President and I look forward to a successful tenure.”

For more information about the IPC, please see: http://panoramacouncil.org/en/.

Click here to go to the original announcement on the American University of Sharjah website.

Panorama of the Nave at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts

The St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. In 1907, the community of St. George Cathedral celebrated the formation of the church with its first Divine Liturgy.

If you would like to learn more about the cathedral, please visit the St. George Cathedral’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at the MIT Chapel in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The MIT Chapel in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. Completed in 1955, the MIT Chapel is a non-denominational place of worship designed by architect Eero Saarinen.

If you would like to learn more about the chapel, please visit the MIT Chapel’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

New Cardboard App Release: First Presbyterian Church VR

First Presbyterian Church VR is a Google Cardboard app presenting the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut. A recording of the musical composition, “Coventry Carol” performed by the New York Symphonic Brass with James D. Wetherald on organ accompanies this 360-degree immersive experience.

Founded in 1854, the First Presbyterian Church commissioned noted architect Wallace K. Harrison in 1953 to design its present structure. Harrison was both a contributing architect and coordinator of such major public buildings as the United Nations, Rockefeller Center and Lincoln Center. The structure, which was completed in 1958, is thought to be one of the finest examples of religious modern architecture along with those designed by Le Corbusier, Philip Johnson and Frank Lloyd Wright. Its reinforced concrete and stained glass walls are formed from more than 20,000 individual chunks of inch-thick glass – a stained glass technique called “dalle de verre.” The stained glass design on the right side of the church’s sanctuary suggests the story of the crucifixion and on the left, the story of the resurrection. The stained glass in the narthex or rear of the church displays symbols of communion and peace. Although not intentional, the church’s sanctuary has been likened to the form of a fish in both profile and floor plan – a symbol used in early Christianity.

For those who are new to Google Cardboard, it is a virtual reality platform that uses a relatively low-cost cardboard or plastic viewer in conjunction with a mobile phone device to create an immersive experience.

This app works with Google Cardboard and most Android mobile phone devices. To download the app, go to: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=info.seththompson.FirstPresbyterianChurchVR

For more information about the Sacred Spaces of New England project, please visit: http://sacredspacesofnewengland.seththompson.info.

Panorama of the Nave at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester, Massachusetts

Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester, Massachusetts is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. Established in 1914, Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral is a center for spiritual worship to over 6,000 people in the Worcester area.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Meeting Room at the Saylesville Meetinghouse in Lincoln, Rhode Island

The Saylesville Meetinghouse in Lincoln, Rhode Island is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. Built in 1704 and expanded in 1745, the Saylesville Meetinghouse has been in continuous use as a gathering place for the Quakers for over 300 years.

If you would like to learn more about the meetinghouse, please visit the Saylesville Meetinghouse’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Nave at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Braintree, Massachusetts

St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Braintree, Massachusetts is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. Officially formed on October 23, 1960, St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church grew out of a need to serve the growing Greek Orthodox population in the southern and western parts of Boston.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, Massachusetts

Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, Massachusetts is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. With roots dating back to 1791, Trinity United Methodist Church considers itself a “Community Cathedral” dedicated to worship, learning and recreation.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the Trinity United Methodist Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.