Built in 1852, it was formerly known as St John the Baptist Church. Now called “Pendragon Hall” it “effortlessly combines modern luxury with old world charm.”“Inside, the former church built in 1852 has been adapted for private living, though still retaining charming ecclesiastical detail. Today, standing in the nave of the former St John the Baptist with its soaring ceiling and colonnade of interior arches you have a feeling of space, light and air. It’s not at all overpowering, despite the spaciousness and traces of ecclesiastical grandeur. The master bed, at one end of the nave, is lit by a four-panel stained glass of historic importance, under which is the Reredos, which was gifted by Richard Patterson to the congregation in 1873 its inspiration was a drawing of the Mosaic picture of the Last Supper that formed part of the Reredos in Westminster Abbey. It has been the scene of elegant dinners, of relaxing days while the warm spring sunshine streams in confetti-like colours through the stained glass windows, and as a peaceful spot for visitors (usually a couple) to come back to, after exploring what southern Tasmania has to offer, in one of its latter-day guises as accommodation for tourists.”
All who contribute to the purchasing fund will, of course, be welcome any time they are visiting Hobart for a coffee or glass of wine. And should I not be home at Pendragon Hall/St John the Baptist Church, expect to find me on holiday in one of the many monasteries now “converted” into luxury hotels.
- Saint John the Baptist
- eating in church?
- Resources for Ordinary Week 15
- Herz-Jesu-Kirche (Munich)
- House Church