St. John the Evangelist RC Church - Table of Contents

SANCTUARY - St. John the Evangelist RC Church
2319 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY

Built:

1930

Architect:

Carl Schmill & Sons

Style:

Italian Romanesque Revival

Interior designer:

Rambusch Decorating Co. of NY City - Official Website
Mural artist: Valdemar Kjeldgaard
"Valdemar Kjeldgaard, a Danish artist employed by the Rambusch Company, he had worked on the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. prior to his work here." - James Napora, Houses of Worship: A Guide to the Religious Architecture of Buffalo

Status:

Closed by the RC Diocese in 2009

2009 Photos

Murals by Valdemar Kjeldgaard depicting St. John the Evangelist's Book of Revelations


Sanctuary / apse     ...   
St. John the Evangelist    ...    Details below:


Revelation 12: Michael Battling the Dragon



Scene from the Book of Revelation



Scene from the Book of Revelation



Revelation 4: The Throne in Heaven    ...    Three details below:


Revelation 4: The Throne in Heaven -  Detail   #1   ...    Christ surrounded by a mandorla



Revelation 4: The Throne in Heaven -  Detail   #2



Revelation 4: The Throne in Heaven -  Detail   #3



Scene from the Book of Revelation



Scene from Revelation 4: The Throne in Heaven    ...    12 of the "twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads."



Revelation 12: The Woman and the Dragon    ...    Mary surrounded by mandorla




Altar


Altar    ...    Baldachino    ...    Tabernacle    ...    Note statues



Baldachino detail #1:    ...    Leaf-and-dart molding    ...    Bead-and-reel molding    ...    Dentil molding    ...    Rope molding    ...    Chevron molding




Baldachino detail: #2    ...    Rope molding    ...    Chevron molding     ...    Volutes and water leaves on capital



 
Baldachino detail: #3    ...    Rope molding    ...    Chevron molding     ...    Volutes and water leaves on capital 



Three of the Four Evangelists, each carrying a Bible



The Four Evangelists icons decorate the  tabernacle    ...    Four icons detailed below:


St. Matthew the Evangelist (winged man)



St. Mark (winged lion)



St. Luke (winged ox)



St. John  (eagle)



Main altar:  marble with
glass tesserae mosaic  inlay    ...    Two details below:


Main altar glass tesserae mosaic  inlay  detail #1 



Main altar glass tesserae mosaic  inlay  detail #2



Altar rail
glass tesserae mosaic  inlay





Special thanks to the St. John the Evangelist RC Church Administrator, Rev. Msgr. Fred Voorhes, for his cooperation
Photos and their arrangement 2009 Chuck LaChiusa
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