We all watched in horror as fire consumed large parts of the roof of Notre Dame. That was a major blow to the human cultural patrimony.
BUT LITTLE did I know that Scranton, Pennsylvania, has its own Notre Dame, a little one, but a scrappy, hard worker. At any rate, my jaw dropped through the floorboard of my car as I drove past 550 Madison Ave. and saw Covenant Presbyterian Church (figure 1), built in 1903 (figure 2). Of course, the pandemic ensured that I couldn’t get inside.
Yes! That’s a segmented apse with flying buttresses (figures 3, 4, 5)! A bell tower (figures 3, 8)! Lots of gothic tracery (figure 6, etc.)! Tiffany and other art glass by major practitioners (figure 6, etc.)! Spires (figures 8, 9)!
It’s astonishing how Scranton continually surprises!