The Ephrata Cloister

I always thought it was interesting to see early American architecture influenced by Old-World cultures.  The Ephrata Cloister has some interesting specimens of 17th and 18th century German architecture, built with what supplies the settlers had at their disposal.

The two main buildings at the Cloister (the Sister House and the Brother House) are quite German in their style, with steep pitched roofs, unique dormers, and next to no symmetry.  They appear quite large, but are really very small.

Several other buildings on site are made up of stone, a readily available and popular building material in the area.  The evolution of American architecture is evident at the Cloister, and I’m quite happy that this stage in history can be preserved.
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I’ve finally discovered a worthwhile stone-painting process.  The type and style of stone changes so much in buildings, so I’m eager to see if this process will work for different paintings.

13 thoughts on “The Ephrata Cloister

    1. I drew in the outline for the stone, then painted a thin line of latex frisket along the outline of each stone to preserve the white in the mortar while I painted a brown-green wash over the entire thing. I then painted different stones different colors, and added the detail. Finally, I removed the frisket and took a fine brush and light paint to the mortar to give it a more detailed realistic look.

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