I pass this church every time I go to see Dr. Dreyfuss in downtown San Jose from Silver Creek. It's on Alum Rock Road right off 101, easily seen from the freeway. It has this magnetic quality...look at me, find out more about me. Yet it seemed like every time I would pass by, it was raining, or I was in a hurry. Tod helped me to find out that it is the Five Wounds Portuguese National Church. And finally, last week, I was able to stop, park, walk over and get a better look.
It is stunningly beautiful, especially so starkly white against a blue sky. And as an added bonus, there were beautiful roses growing all along the sides and front of the church. My only disappointment was that I could not get inside. Why is a church locked?
I used the Church as the subject for a pop-out detail page for Anna Aspnes Project 2011 exercise 5, to create a multi-page story. So far it is just two pages, Week 29 and now this page, but soon it will be joined by Week 30 and another detailed page expounding on the story of one of the other photos of the day.
Additional credits: Anna Aspnes Artplay Palettes Barren Sunrise, Floralis, Find My Way and Artsy Layered Template No 19.
And here is the story I was able to find, on the site of the Portuguese Band of San Jose. It's a great story!
The Five Wounds Portuguese National Church is the heart and soul of the Portuguese Community in Santa Clara Valley. The Five Wounds Parish was dedicated by Father Henrique Ribeiro on November 8, 1914. The hard work and dedication of many Portuguese families made this beautiful edifice possible. The story of the construction of Five Wounds is a testament to the spirit of the Portuguese people. After the local Panama-Pacific Exposition closed in San Francisco at the end of 1915, a group of community leaders asked to use the timbers and wood from the Portuguese Pavilion to help build the Five Wounds Church. With wagons and fanfare they brought back from San Francisco down the El Camino Real the building materials for Five Wounds Church. They were met and celebrated in the many Portuguese communities along the way. The cornerstone of the church was laid October 1, 1916, and the completed building was consecrated on July 13, 1919. From that wonderful beginning grew the strong support for the Five Wounds Portuguese National Church.
The building is of Manueline style and has been a source of identity and pride for the over eight hundred thousand Portuguese-speaking people who live in California. Five Wounds has been declared by the City of San Jose a historical landmark of general interest to the entire community.