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Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe

Posted on 2010.08.22 at 19:50
Current Location: 75409
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I grew up in East Dallas right as the urban revitalization was beginning on Greenville and affluent gay men started buying the old houses in our neighborhood (I remember one couple fastidiously washing their 70s orange BMW every weekend). I saw most of my movies at either the Lakewood theater or the Granada. Like Star Trek The Motion Picture and the first Superman. Back then, I don't exactly remember having an "Arts District" but we did go to the Dallas Museum of Art quite a bit. The rest was either already there, or sprung up around it.

I'd been meaning to photograph the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the last couple of months having been inspired by some of the wide-angle architectural shots of Philly bruhinb has been posting to the photographers community, but I honestly never find myself near Downtown.
However, with my Road Trip this weekend I found myself at its exit when I was alone in my car with my camera and a full day of leisurely driving ahead of me. I was back on the road fifteen minutes later.


panacea42 at 2010-08-23 01:39 (UTC) (Link)
Interesting, unless my memory fails me (and that is entirely possible), the 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' church across from where I lived on W. 14th St. in Manhattan looks quite like this church. Must investigate!
ehowton at 2010-08-23 12:44 (UTC) (Link)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/krissatin/3286677654 <-- This one? Its BEAUTIFUL! Look at the work in the arches and stained glass - and those gorgeous red doors. Wow. Here's a detail I took of the similar treatment to the entrance of the one in Dallas: http://www.wilddamntexan.com/kids/Cathedral%20Santuario%20de%20Guadalupe_detail_100819.jpg.
panacea42 at 2010-08-24 01:51 (UTC) (Link)
Ah! That's actually the one on the next block (yes, believe it or not on West 14th St. there are TWO 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' churches a block apart). Yes that one is so beautiful!! But if it ever stops raining here in NYC I'll zip down and take a photo of the other one.

The glass details on the doors in the Texas church are stunning!
ehowton at 2010-08-24 02:10 (UTC) (Link)
Nothing surprises me anymore. Dismays me at times, yes. As it then stands, I will patiently await your photo!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-08-23 02:40 (UTC) (Link)
Pardon me sir,....but there is no Our Lady of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas. It is named Sacred Heart Cathedral on the corner stone, where my grand parents were married and others were buried. My great uncle was hit and killed there when a city bus jumped the curb at the church entrance and stuck him dead after leaving confession on October 2, 1948. It was only nick named Our Lady of Guadalupe to pander to ILLEGAL aliens in the 1990's.

Sorry, this just struck a nerve.

It is a beautiful picture you took though, nice framing.

Edited at 2010-08-23 10:03 am (UTC)
ehowton at 2010-08-23 12:32 (UTC) (Link)
According to Wikipedia it was renamed to "the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe" in 1977, which is probably why that's all I know it as, having moved from Corsicana around that same time. Love hearing the stories though - how neat about your grandparents!

And thanks! I would've liked to have gotten it backdropped against a taller building (like the one to its right) but of all the shots I took, this on shows off what I wanted it to.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-08-24 23:36 (UTC) (Link)
Oppsy!!! My bad. You're absolutely right it was 1977.
ehowton at 2010-08-24 23:37 (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm going to start calling it, "Sacred Heart Cathedral" though :P
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-08-25 03:16 (UTC) (Link)
You will be in good company then. Every one in my family does and every Catholic I know in Dallas!!!
irulan_amy at 2010-08-23 06:30 (UTC) (Link)
Whatever it's called, it's a beautiful building and lovely photo.

Edited at 2010-08-23 06:30 am (UTC)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-08-23 10:05 (UTC) (Link)
You are quite right. It is a lovely photo!!!
ehowton at 2010-08-23 12:34 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! All it really needs is a faded meat-packing sign painted into one side of it for some real time-capsule authenticity...
michelle1963 at 2010-08-23 22:52 (UTC) (Link)
I can see why you wanted to photograph this church. It's a lovely building.
ehowton at 2010-08-24 02:11 (UTC) (Link)
I've decided I'm taking new visitors to the to the Dallas Arts District :D
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