Panorama of the Sanctuary at the Saint Mary–Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Charlestown, Massachusetts

Saint Mary–Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Charlestown, Massachusetts is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. In 2006, the Saint Catherine of Siena parish joined nearby Saint Mary’s Church to form what is now known as Saint Mary–Saint Catherine of Siena Parish. Together they reside in the building that has housed the oldest Roman Catholic parish in Boston since its dedication in 1888, formerly known as Saint Mary’s Church.

If you would like to learn more about the parish, please visit Saint Mary–Saint Catherine of Siena Parish’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Seth Thompson Named Featured Researcher on the American University of Sharjah Website

On November 26, 2017, the library at the American University of Sharjah featured my research agenda. Please find below a link to the webpage:

http://library.aus.edu/2017/11/26/featured-researcher-seth-thompson-caad/

It was an honor to be chosen and I am thankful that my research is being considered as “influential and cutting-edge work”.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newcastle, Maine

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newcastle, Maine is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. Dedicated in 1883, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is the first example of a cottage Gothic Revival style church in the United States. Designed by architect Henry Vaughan, the wood framed building is protected by a wooden shingle gabled roof and its exterior walls finished with half-timbered stucco, reminiscent of 15th century English architecture.

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

Panorama of the Sanctuary at the Finnish Congregational Church in South Thomaston, Maine

The Finnish Congregational Church in South Thomaston, Maine is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. The Finnish Congregational Church was formally organized in 1921 in response to an influx of Finnish immigrants to the area between 1900 and 1920. The congregation’s building, built in the same year, is considered to be the first religious structure constructed by the Finnish community within Knox County.

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

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 mobile phone devices. For more information, go to: https://seththompson.info/sacredspacesne/first-presbyterian-church-vr/

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