This church is a masterful demonstration of the power of a medieval idiom freely interpreted. The high Episcopal faithful who first met on this site in 1870 were probably summer residents of Hazelwood in its bucolic preindustrial days. By the time the existing church was replaced with this structure, Hazelwood was in the throes of industrialization. Nonetheless, the site itself remains verdant, and, in conjunction with Wood's choice of varied and highly textured materials—stone, brick, and shingles—and its louvered tower, the church beautifully captures the rustic feel that the congregation must have requested. William Halsey Wood (1855–1897) crafts almost nothing specifically medieval here, yet it is tangible in the tradition of the free interpretations by such British designers as William Morris or Philip Webb.
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Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
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