(Originally written and posted on November 21, 2013)
Last week, I attended my first photo shoot with the Beaches Photography Club. I have been a member of that organization for several years, but never went out with them to shoot photos. Our outing last week was to downtown Jacksonville to photograph the city’s historic churches. The club had obtained permission to go inside the sanctuary of St. John’s Cathedral to photograph the interior. In the past, I had always preferred to go out with my camera alone. However, I really enjoyed this outing.
Most of Jacksonville’s historic church buildings were destroyed in the “Great Fire of 1901.” Wikipedia describes that fire as:
About noon on Friday, May 3, 1901, a boiler explosion at a candle factory caused a fire that spread to a mattress factory, setting ablaze mattresses filled with Spanish moss.
In eight hours, the fire burned 146 city blocks, destroyed more than 2,368 buildings, and left almost 10,000 residents homeless. It is said the glow from the flames could be seen in Savannah, Georgia, and the smoke plumes in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Here are a few of my shots of the churches, most of them re-built shortly after 1901. You can view more of my photos of the churches in the “Church” section of my photo site.
Our first stop was at St. John’s Cathedral on Duval Street.
Here is a shot of the interior.
Next, was the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, just down the street.
Our next stop was at First United Methodist Church.
Then, on to the Old Morocco Building. In 1984 the Shriners moved out of this building, and it has now been renovated for commercial office space.
Our final stop was a couple of blocks away at Historic Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable day. I would love it if you checked out all of my church photos in the church section of this site.
Thanks for taking a look!