The Cathedral of Saint Paul in St. Paul, Minn. is the third largest church in the U.S. It’s the Co-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, along with the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. The exterior walls of the cathedral are Rockville granite from St. Cloud, and the interior walls are American Travertine from Mankato.
Given much of the news lately is on the 2012 London Olympic Games, I figured it was a good time to share photos from London, which I had the opportunity to visit last year. Some former colleagues and I walked around Westminster Abbey, among other touristy things, and there was lots of energy in the air, since Prince William and Kate’s wedding would be held the following month.
Louis Sullivan, an American architect, is considered by many as the creator of the modern skyscraper. I’m a fan of his work, particularly the Sullivan Center (formerly the Carson Pirie Scott building), which features an elaborate and whimsical cast-iron entrance.
Recently, Target opened one of its first City Target locations in Chicago’s remodeled Sullivan Center, preserving both the design aesthetic while maintaining the Target experience guests love. My trip to Chicago ended one day before the opening, so I look forward to checking it out on my next visit. And full disclosure: Besides the fact I work at Target, today’s photo is from the vault (2010) but seemed especially fitting today.
The Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, Ill. is one of only seven Baha’i temples in the world. Its quiet serenity reflects the spiritual truths of 5 million people who practice the Baha’i Faith: the oneness of God, the oneness of humanity and the oneness of religion. Founded in Persia (now Iran), Bahá’ís believe that throughout history God has revealed Himself and His teaching to humanity through a series of divine messengers including: Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.
Today, there are more than 155,00 Bahá’ís in the U.S., with the largest populations in California, Georgia, Illinois, South Carolina and Texas. The temple in Wilmette is circular in shape, has nine sides and is encircled by gardens and fountains. The single dome symbolizes the unity of all people and religions under God.
Whatever your religious beliefs, this temple’s intricate architecture is, quite simply, stunning. If your travels take you to Chicago, I highly encourage you to visit the Baha’i House of Worship. It’s a worthy retreat, and its beauty will assuredly take your breath away.
“The towers are intertwined with all the religious symbols of the past, demonstrating to each beholder of any religion: welcome to this Temple exemplifying universal brotherhood.” – Louis Bourgeois, architect of the temple.
Once the HQ for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, today’s Marquette Plaza building features a groundbreaking support system which includes 16 catenary cables strung between two towers. The cables worked much like the cables of a suspension bridge and give the property its signature U shape on the front of the building.
The U shape reminds me of the smiles and laughter shared by colleagues tonight at the Monte Carlo. While our friend Erin from New York City had been scheduled for open mic night, Acme Comedy Club switched the plans. Instead, Erin delivered her solid material for us on the patio of Monte Carlo and proved that while you can’t always count on a comedy club for support, you can always bank on your friends.
How appropriate that I chose to photograph the AT&T Tower, since my bathroom scale was later calling S.O.S. today. I’ve been training for several races this spring, but this January goal was essentially a failed experiment. So, I was unsure how weighty things may have gotten since my move to the North Star State. We’ve already established that I sometimes talk out loud (to myself), so I feel safe in sharing that I called out the magic words to my scale:
Liar, liar, on the floor,
Don’t you know, that less is more?
Clearly, it had no regard for my feelings because the son-of-a-gun reported a gain of 14.6 pounds. No wonder my training runs have been more challenging…it’s like I’m running with a bowling ball! The combination of more frequent happy hours, fewer workouts, fewer meals at home and less sleep have done a number. I’ve given myself a number of weeks (10) to get back on track. And tracking it closely, I will be.
Sometimes, getting the photo you want is part patience and part magic. The Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge is a well-recognized bridge that spans 17 lanes of traffic (I-94, Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues) and connects the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with Loring Park. This bridge has been on the beginning and tail end of my running route the past three months, and I’ve been studying the effect of shadows. I was standing on the bridge for about 20 minutes, when the sun literally popped from behind the clouds, and my photo was lit with the desired effect for about a minute. And bonus, I got a runner in there for perspective.