Wren Designed

These spiral stairs are part of a church called "St. Mary The Virgin Aldermanbury," designed by Christopher Wren, built inside bustling London in 1677.

The church was badly damaged during the London Blitz of WWII. Most improbably, it was transplanted, brick by brick, to Fulton, Missouri (the site of Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946), to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the famous speech and to house a national memorial to Sir Winston. It was rebuilt to Christopher Wren's original specifications.

I am including a link to the mapped location, two hours west of St. Louis, to show the unlikeliness of this historical pairing. Honestly, I can't imagine Sir Winston hanging out in Fulton. Really. I just can't. I hope he brought his own preferred beverages. It must have been quite the sight to see.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/National+Churchill+Museum/@38.85,-92.505959,9z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x17fa634d67229f67!8m2!3d38.85!4d-91.954411

Anyway, I just love spiral stairs. This week, flash of red is all about lines and space in composition. :) OMG, the theme this week is "up." Coincidence!
This is so pleasing!
posted February 7th, 2018  
Extraordinary story and an equally extradinary transposition of this glorious Wren masterpiece. Love the various lines in this shot, especially the curling hand-rail.
posted February 7th, 2018  
Simply amazing! What a great story too. Super hard to believe Churchill made the journey to that place!
posted February 7th, 2018  
I like how the center part seems to be floating in air! Your narrative brings to mind that the London Bridge is now at home in Lake Havasu City.
posted February 7th, 2018  
Awesome lines and curious story
posted February 7th, 2018  
@janeandcharlie Actually, the center part is floating in air... it is the chandelier. :)
posted February 7th, 2018  
I thought you were in London for a moment! Lol! What a great story to go with this fabulous image! Fav!
posted February 7th, 2018  
A fabulous image, love the chandelier.
posted February 7th, 2018  
@pamknowler Would that it were so. :). I would dearly love to be there.
posted February 7th, 2018  
Spiral stairs are always worth it! Great story!
posted February 7th, 2018  
Cool perspective. Really highlights the symetry of the steps. Love the story behind it as well.
posted February 7th, 2018  
Love the pattern
posted February 7th, 2018  
Fab pov
posted February 7th, 2018  
that is just stunning, rosie, and what an interesting narrative. who indeed would have thought?! love your angle and treatment
posted February 7th, 2018  
Fab POV!
posted February 7th, 2018  
Fabulous shot and really interesting narrative. fav.
posted February 7th, 2018  
Awesome shot!
posted February 7th, 2018  
FAV.
posted February 7th, 2018  
Super POV. A fav
posted February 7th, 2018  
Fantastic POV!!
posted February 7th, 2018  
What a piece of art.
posted February 7th, 2018  
A little to the left and you would have had a perfect Fibonacci Spiral Composition.
posted February 8th, 2018  
beautiful sharpness - extends over the whole depth of the picture.
brilliant
posted February 8th, 2018  
Great composition and focus.
posted February 9th, 2018  
Perfection!
posted February 13th, 2018  
I love spirals too and will have to remember this place as I have a good friend who lives near St. Louis and I hope to visit her someday. fav
posted February 15th, 2018  
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