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American Churches
by Roger G. Kennedy

Stewart Tabori & Chang Publishers, c1982, no other printings listed, States "Published in 1982 by Stewart Tabori & Chang Publishers", possible 1st Edition, 296 pages. NEAR MINT Condition LARGE Hardcover with an EXCELLENT Dust Jacket. This book has very light dj wear (see scan), otherwise this book is in GREAT SHAPE! NO Writing! Pages & Binding are NICE & TIGHT!

A church is unlike any other architectural structure. Its function is profoundly different from that of any other building. Within its walls a congregation experiences a sense of mystery and awe, of pleasure and joy, a spiritual uplifting, when its members gather to worship.

Is it simply light and form that create this unique interior? Or is there something more intangible that creates an environment for contemplation and prayer? Never before has an author attempted to answer this question, to explore the relationship of ecclesiastical architecture to the spiritual life of its congregation. In so doing, Roger Kennedy has written the most important book ever published on the American church.

American Churches is a magnificent volume. Over 100 churches and temples, with 200 Superb FULL-COLOR and 50 black-and-white photographs, illustrate the diversity of this country's religious life, the richness of its architectural forms, and the importance of the church in American history and culture. The buildings illustrated are located throughout the United States, representing Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish faiths; they range from the simplicity of a New England Puritan meeting house to the Gothic splendor of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, from a university chapel designed by Eero Saarinen to a Spanish adobe mission, from a Russian Orthodox frame church to California ' s Crystal Cathedral.

Roger G. Kennedy, Director of the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution and a noted American architectural and cultural historian, explains what distinguishes these houses of worship and what they have in common, and he discusses what historical and religious factors have determined the architecture of these extraordinary edifices. For eighty outstanding churches Kennedy provides individual essays detailing the architect's approach, interesting architectural features, and the building's history , including later alterations of the original structure.

The brilliant photographs, some commissioned especially for this volume and others taken from the collections of America's finest architectural photographers, offer dramatic and often moving views of each remarkable structure. For the first time, the magnificent religious architecture that abounds in this country is celebrated in beautiful photographs and in an inspiring and graceful text.

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