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Circular Congregational Church

The congregation here was founded 1680 – 1685. The parish house is on the national historic register. The church itself is the second version,  the first was burned to the bricks in 1861, the civil war stopped the restoration until around 1888.

Charleston Circular Church - Click To Enlarge
Charleston Circular Church – Click To Enlarge

A complete history can be read here

Charleston Circular Church - Click To Enlarge
Charleston Circular Church – Click To Enlarge

 

 

Colt & The Church Of The Good Shepherd (3)

Church Of The Good Shepherd
Church Of The Good Shepherd

This is the third, and final, article on The Church Of The Good Shepherd the church Elizabeth Colt built in 1867. The first and second are available here.

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When Sam Colt died in 1862 Colt firearms was producing many of the guns and rifles for the civil war. The famous ‘Colt 45’ was just starting. Elizabeth Colt took over the company and she was really the driving force for the ‘gun that won the west’.

Church Of The Good Shepherd
Church Of The Good Shepherd

The Colt’s lost 3 children early in their marriage. Many of the beautiful stained glass windows have small references to each.

Church Of The Good Shepherd
Church Of The Good Shepherd

Elizabeth Colt lost her final child, an adult by now, in 1894. He had become a well known firearms designer and sailor. He drowned while piloting his ship off the Florida coast.

As another memorial Elizabeth Colt had a Parish house built in his honor along side the church. Again the building is a national historic site and if possible as grand as the church itself.

Parish House Good Shepherd
Parish House Good Shepherd

A special thanks to the staff of The Church Of The Good Shepherd for making this all possible.

 

Colt & The Church Of The Good Shepherd (2)

This is the second article on The Church Of The Good Shepherd, the Colt family church built in 1867. Click here for the first in this series of three.

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Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

Even shooting in darkness to capture the beauty of the windows the details and design here was amazing.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

When the Church was first built most all light was provided through the windows. The ceiling, every wall, and doorway contains a mosaic. Most all depict in some way the memorial to Sam Colt and his 3 young children.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

Since the church was closed to all but us we were able to move throughout the sanctuary to capture many different  perspectives.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

In the final article I hope to include at least one photograph of the Parish house which sits on the church grounds.

 

 

 

Colt & The Church Of The Good Shepherd (1)

In 1867 the Church Of The Good Shepherd was opened in memorial to Sam Colt, Colt Firearms, and their three decease children by his wife Elizabeth. Today the church is on the Historic Registry and still serves the people of Hartford Connecticut.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

The church building is close by to the original Colt factory building and Colt factory housing in downtown Hartford. It was designed by Edward Tucker Potter a well know architect at the time. Several others buildings designed by Potter are also on the National Historic Register.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

The outside of the church includes small design elements that represent the Colt family and their famous firearms.

Inside the church is like a museum of incredible stained glass windows, hand carved wood, and high arch ceilings.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

We were given the unique opportunity, and honor, of a photo shoot here. There really is no way to describe this beautiful building, but we have tried to show it through our photography.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

In order to display the remarkable stained glass, long views of highly polished wood, and the  awe-inspiring colors we shot in darkness using only the outside light filtered through the stained glass.

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut
Church Of The Good Shepherd, Hartford Connecticut

We were able to capture much of the beauty of this church and a  series of 3 articles will be posted here.

Samuel Colt – Stained Glass

Church Of The Good Shepherd Hartford CT
Church Of The Good Shepherd Hartford CT

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These stained glass windows are in the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Hartford CT.

Built by the Colt family 1867 in memory of Samuel Colt and his three departed children by his wife Elizabeth.

We had the honor of private shoot time in the darkened church allowing full sun to shine through the many windows.

These are a sample of the incredible beauty of this church. Additional pages will be added in the future.

 

Looking In The Old Church

Walking through Hartford last Sunday we passed one of the old churches. They were having the Sunday service so visiting inside was not an option.

I was able to look up through an open window and discover beautiful stained glass facing from the other side of the church.

Old Church Windows Hartford CT
Old Church Windows Hartford CT
Old Church Windows Hartford CT
Old Church Windows Hartford CT

Hartford Connecticut is one of the oldest cities in the US and there are multiple old churches in the city. After seeing this I should add them to my list of places to photograph.