The Old Old St. Mary's

A Sunday treat--a rare image of the sanctuary at Old St. Mary's before the unfortunate 1970s Tabula Rasa renovation.

Witness this:

versus this:

No real comparison, right? I mean, honestly, outside of it being damaged beyond repair, I have no idea why anyone thought it would be a good idea to do away with the classic, classy and beautiful sanctuary.

It's not just the furniture, though--it's the additional mural, statue and molding work, and a more detailed ceiling that blows away the starry night motif they have now. Witness too the intact altar rail and what looks to be additional pews.

I said before that Old St. Mary's "questionable" sanctuary keeps it from really excelling. That's still the case--although, sadly, once upon a time it wasn't.