Mailbag 26: King of the Kooks

Dig into the mailbag and what do we see? The Project has made a new friend.

I just found your site and was excited since i love architecture and churches
u have a good start to your site but need more pics especially interiors

I'm tired of being a broken record. From the second year on, just about every church has interior photography, and many more photos in general. The first-year churches will have to languish in squalor just a little bit longer.

I was raised up in SAINT GABRIELS PARISH and it is a beautiful parish
not weird but interesting u can be insulting even though it probably is your humor but churches are sacred places
and people can be touchy luckily i'm not..lol

I'm going to go ahead and assume this is some sort of compliment.

Where did u come from u hate to drive anywhere unless u can drive right up to it like a Walmart

Not true. I just don't like driving in South Philly, although my new GPS seems to have changed that somewhat.

SOUTH
PHILLY
IS ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING AND DIVERSE PLACES IN THE CITY
AND STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT DRIVING TO SOUTH PHILLY I'M SURE U HANG OUT IN
CENTER CITY
AND
SOUTH PHILLY IS NO WORSE , PEOPLE ARE MOVING BACK DOWNTOWN DUE TO ITS INTERESTING SITES AND CLOSE PROXIMITY TO CENTER CITY

Ahhh, stop yelling!

Again, South Philly is generally a lovely area, car travel aside. I do admire your interest in human migrational patterns, however.

ALMOST ALL THE CHURCHES IN SOUTH PHILLY WERE ETHNIC PARISHES..ST GABRIELS WAS IRISH AS WAS SAINT MONICAS WHICH WAS BUILT BY THE IRISH AND NOT UNTIL THE 1950'S DID IT START BECOMING ITALIAN,IT ALSO BURNT DOWN IN THE 1970'S AND WAS RESTORED
MT CARMEL
WEHERE I LIVE NOW IS AN IRISH PARISH, ALTHOUGH I DO AGREE WITH U ON MT CARMEL AND ST NICHOLAS'S CHURCHES AS GOD AWFUL REMUDLED JOBS
ST ALS WAS GERMAN, ST RITAS ITALIAN ,ST PAULS ITALIAN, ST ANTHONYS IRISH ETC

St. Monica's is a rare case--a church that rose like a phoenix from the ashes. Most churches that burn, especially at that late a date, are rebuilt or remodeled in the most awful way imaginable.

I DO HAVE SOME BEAUTIFUL PICS OF ST GABS AND
ST CHARLES
BOREMEO IF U WOULD LIKE

Yes, please.

AND BEING A SIZE QUEEN WHAT IS A LARGE CHURCH,ST GAB'S AND ST MONICA'S SEEM FAIRLY LARGE THEY ARE NOT THE BASILICA OF COURSE BUT 500 TO 1000 PERSONS IS NOT SMALL
ALSO SAINT GASBS WAS BUILT IN 1908 I THINK CORNER STONE IS HARD TO READ BUT I ALWAYS REMEMBER AS THAT WAS THE YEAR MY GRANDFATHER WAS BORN,BUT I WILL DOUBLE CHECK

Are you coming onto me? Size queen? I've been called a lot of things, but that's a new one.

I believe the recap of Our Lady of Lourdes said it best. Size is great, but ornamentation always wins out in the end.

HOPE YOUR GOOD EAR DID NOT FALL OFF, I GIVE U CREDIT FOR YOUR EFFORT,IF U NEED HELP IN SOUTH PHILLY I WILL BE GLAD TO HELP.....
YOUR NEW FRIEND
SOUTH PHILLY JIM

This from an email titled "CHURH PROJECT (u are kooky)"

I suspect that South Philly Jim is a few meds short of a full dose, but as my mother said, it's always good to make new friends. (Or something to that effect, I wasn't really paying attention.) Plus, hey, help with South Philadelphia. Who could turn that down?