St Mary’s Tower

St Mary's Tower is a watercolor, pen and ink architecture painting of St Mary's Basilica's tower in Phoenix Arizona by artist Esther BeLer Wodrich

Here’s the latest from my adventures architecture-spotting in downtown Phoenix:

St Mary's Tower is a watercolor, pen and ink painting of St Mary's Basilica's tower in Phoenix Arizona. Artwork by artist Esther BeLer Wodrich

St Mary’s Tower
Watercolor, pen and ink

St Mary’s Basilica is located in downtown Phoenix on Monroe and 3rd Street. It’s formal name is The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The church has a rich history, dating back to 1880 where it began as an adobe building with a steeple pitched, shingled roof. The church, as it’s recognized today, was built starting with a basement church in 1903 and then the Mission Revival style it’s recognized by now was built in 1913. It is the oldest Catholic church in Phoenix and second oldest church overall, with First Presbyterian Church being the oldest. (See more at

This relatively small work has just the right amount of detail and color.  I love the way the shadows are cast on this tower of St Mary’s Basilica, where the nearly white building is offset by our bright blue Arizona skies.

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