Chad and I recently visited his brother's family in Colorado Springs, and they took us to a lovely little Chapel called the Pauline Chapel. It was constructed by the Penrose couple of the Broadmoor Hotel fame across the street, and was named after a granddaughter named Pauline. Although the outside has a charming Old Mexico adobe style, the inside is beautifully decorated with pieces of antique European Sacred Art, having been acquired during various travels. According to a little booklet given to us, the chapel evolved into a heart-healing project in the early 1900s for Julie Penrose who had suffered many family losses.
|A Stunning Carved-in-Wood Reredos/Retablo ... I think from Spain|
|A Beautiful Flemish Triptych|
|Another Impressive Flemish Triptych|
|The Pauline Chapel Rose Window Depicts the Queenship of Mary|
Unfortunately, my brother-in-law had to hunt someone down to open the chapel for us. A Locked-up church is one of my great frustrations. I so very much miss the days when you could stop by a Catholic Church at nearly any time of the day and pay a visit. Now, it seems they are nearly all locked shut. Insurance reasons, I suppose. Still sad.
|A Group Shot With Colorado Family Members|
... across the street from the Pauline Chapel,
... at the Broadmoor Hotel/Condo/Spa/Restaurant/Shopping Grounds
While traveling to Colorado Springs, we stopped off at this little country church, Sacred Heart, in Dilia, New Mexico ... but, of course, the doors were locked.
|Design Above the Door|
We did stumble upon Holy Innocents Church in Trinidad, Colorado that was open. But, it's apparently an inactive parish, and was undergoing a renovation. We probably should not have entered due to the construction going on. But, we did and got this photo of a lovely window in the back of the church ...