Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bandung Architectural Heritage # 4: The Bethel Church on Wastukancana Street



The Bethel Church on Wastukancana Street #1 was designed by architect Prof. C.P. Wolff Schoemaker and constructed in 1925. It is listed by Bandung Society for Heritage Conservation (Paguyuban Pelestarian Budaya Bandung) and the Bandung municipal government as one of Bandung's colonial architectural heritage buildings.

Prof. C.P. Wolf Schoemaker is one of the most prolific and highly acclaimed architects in Indonesia (then Ductch East India) of the early 20th century. Many of his works now become Bandung's landmarks. I have posted the photos and stories of two other buildings that he designed here and here.



11 comments:

Dina said...

Beautiful old church. The darkness after the open door is inviting and mysterious. I'd like to enter.
Are there many Christians in Bandung?

Share my point of view... said...

I've been planning to capture one of our most prolific church in town but it'll have to wait till I find the time to do it. Nice photos of the church! Indeed it looks very enticing/inviting.

Carrie Hayes said...

I love the columns! So to get the relaxed feel for my portraits I really just try to find common ground with the subject and then make them laugh. I find if they are stiff to photograph, when you tell them you are taking test shots those are usually the ones where they are more natural! I do try to find out what they like or dont like and then go from there!! I hope this helps, let me know

Rambling Woods said...

I went back and looked at the other buildings and there is something that really appeals to me..maybe the cleanness of the design and I don't think that is the right word, but it is what came to my mind....

Hilda said...

I especially love the detail on the pillar!

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Eki, Dong says in his post that the pine trees were planted there only a few years ago. Baguio's pine trees have been there since forever and they seem to be naturally occurring because they're found all over the mountains there — I'm not sure, of course, and that's the piece of information that I would like to have verified.

Anyway, thanks for pointing out his site to me — I love it!

Virginia said...

Eki,
I stopped by to tell you that I have chosen you as a recipient of the "Blogger Friends Forever" Award. Stop by my place after midnight and collect it and learn the "RULES"ha I have learned so much from you and have felt your wonderful spirit. I feel privileged to know you.

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Hendrawan Riau said...

It doesn't look a bandung architecture, europe may be?. but, its wonderful architecture!

babooshka said...

Bandung is just so fascinating. It is such an eclectic mix of east amd west old and new. Never fail to amaze me daily with your images and snippets of knowledge.

JM said...

What a beautiful entrance! The photos are great, Eki!

Rashai said...

Nice photo!.. reminds me when I visited this church 8 years ago.. my first and only time attending the sunday service there.