Is this human made structure incredible? Yes. In it's day, as were many mansions of the time, it was an architectural and engineering marvel. Is it an unabashed display of white wealth? Yes. And with the intensity of poverty, illness, and violence around the globe right now I am aware of the tackiness of highlighting it in this moment.
However, I invite you into that discomfort with me. I think it is important to sit with our discomfort, allowing it to teach us, to transform us, and inform us. I believe there is space in all of us to see the beauty of human ingenuity in this place and - at the same time - the ugliness of what human excess and greed has done (and continues to do) to all of Creation.
Shall we begin?
Mount Stuart House is located on the southeastern shore of the Isle of Bute (pronounced: Be-you-t, not B-oo-t, and not B-uh-t), which you can see with the red pin on the map below. (The yellow star is where I was staying for 2 weeks.)
Here, as we round the northern part of the House you can see the exterior of the family chapel, which is larger than many small churches.
I know this because I am an alumnae of Arcadia University, on the grounds of which Grey Towers stands. You can find out more about Grey Towers and Arcadia Uni here.
Can you see the double doors, on the ground level, to the right of the archway? Those are the "everyday" doors used by the family most of the time. The Grand Entrance was only used for special occasions.
Next week I'll begin by sharing with you the inside of the family chapel. Until then, be safe, be well!
Blessings on your Journey,