This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.View all copies of this ISBN edition:
A photographic tour of some of rural America's most visually impressive country churches features 250 images of more than forty structures, providing accompanying text that places each church within a historical context and short essays that discuss regional, architectural, and congregational significances. 25,000 first printing.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
William Morgan has taught at Princeton University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of The Abrams Guide to American House Styles. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Radek Kurzaj is a travel and architecture photographer based in Sczecin, Poland, and New York City. His books include Abrams' Living Large in Small Spaces, Colonial Houses: The Historic Homes of Williamsburg, and The Abrams Guide to American House Styles.From Publishers Weekly:
The country church may be "one of the most enduring American images," writes Morgan in his engaging introduction to this coffee-table study. Yet, poring over Kurzaj’s pellucid photographs, one is most struck by the astonishing diversity of Christianity in America. Quaker or Shaker, Czech Catholic or Russian Orthodox, Episcopal or Presbyterian, every house of worship depicted in this beautiful volume is interesting both for its architecture and for the community that it was built to serve. For example, the First African Baptist Church of Georgia’s Cumberland Island is a small, stark structure, covered by a red pressed-tin roof and held up by walls of white clapboard. Inside, the pews look battered, and a table on the altar displays little more than a rough-hewn, wooden cross. The beauty of this church lies in its austerity, but the story of its congregation is more complex: it was founded by the descendents of slaves, some of whom worked as low-paid help in a nearby hotel. (Another layer of complexity is added when one learns that the church was used by John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Carolyn Bessette for their wedding ceremony.) A different kind of simplicity is evinced in Rhode Island, where the stone exterior and gothic windows of the Saint Columba’s Chapel purposefully recall 13th-century England. The chapel’s tasteful, Arts and Crafts interior "replete with Tiffany stained glass" reveals, however, that it is very much a late 19th-century construction. Of course, Morgan has included more ornate country churches in his volume—36 are presented in all. But whatever the architectural style, each of these churches exemplifies one thing: the stunning range of expression that results when a community is left to pursue its own way of worship in peace.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Seller Inventory # ABE-1525664832485
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Published in 2004. Seller Inventory # DADAX0810943352
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0810943352
Book Description Harry N. Abrams. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0810943352 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0396579