Behold, dear fans! A long-needed, updated photo set for West Kensington's Visitation BVM. I've always liked Visitation and its carnival fun-house of horror exterior, and my recent revisit did nothing to change my mind.
In fact, my opinion has probably improved. Because, you know, this building is 135 years old. That's right, 135. And it still looks fantastic. The well-maintained interior has a nice paint scheme that's clean, careful, and very pretty. And more importantly, they haven't ripped out fixtures or whitewashed anything or moved things around the way so many churches unfortunately do. Pimp My Church? Hell no.
Even more impressive? They do it all while servicing some really rough neighborhoods. I mean, have you seen the area around the Huntingdon El stop lately? Yeesh.
So, major props to Visitation, the gritty, industrial Kensington parish that could. I'm glad to see it's doing well and seems as sturdy as ever.
Fun, annoying fact: Visitation's main lamps hang straight down the middle of its center aisle. That interesting design quirk made for a photo session that was alternately challenging, frustrating — and gratifying.
I hope you like it.