Saint Thomas Church Great Reredos
The Great Reredos is the first item that catches a visitors’ eye when entering Saint Thomas. A reredos is an altarpiece, or a screen or decoration behind the altar in a church, usually depicting religious iconography or images. It is said to be the largest reredos in the world at 80 feet high and 43 feet wide. Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue was responsible for the theme and figures and won the American Institute of Architects’ gold medal in 1925 for this effort. Sculptor Lee Lawrie shaped the figures' appearances, reflecting the individual personalities. Goodhue designed the church with Ralph Adams Cram. The carvings were executed in Boston and depict the 12 Apostles, nine Hebrew prophets, Mary, John, and Christ, among others. Can you find George Washington? Extreme right, the third statue from the bottom.
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