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DESCRIPTION"The country church tells us who we are. In doing so, it provides a sense of security, especially in times of crisis," says Pulitzer-Prize nominee William Morgan in his introduction to this sweeping, gorgeously photographed look at rural America's most enchanting houses of worship. "These churches express community--the something that is larger than our everyday concerns and to which we all belong." The outcome of an inspired two-year cross-country American road journey of writer and photographer, American Country Churches touches the heart of America--and many of its religious denominations--as it presents 250 moving color images of more than 40 of our nation's most uplifting soul-soothing spaces. Although not intended to be a definitive historical or architectural study, American Country Churches provides an informal review of religious expression in the United States. As the most basic unit of civic architecture, churches are landmarks of our history and signposts of our aspirations. These churches have been chosen for a variety of reasons--historical, geographical, and architectural--and, together, they demonstrate the range of styles, craftsmanship, ethnic origins, and other factors that make them both visually appealing and revealing. Included are Georgian churches in the original colonies, recreations of medieval parish churches, and simple frame churches on the frontier; from denominations--demonstrating America's religious and ethnic diversity--such as Roman Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian, as well as Quaker, Shaker, and Moravian. The author's introductory text places the churches within the greater context of American history, while short essays oneach church highlight its particular role in the story of its region, builders, and worshippers.

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"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Now more than ever, vacationing Americans are choosing to stay right here in the U.S., to look inward at our own rich national heritage. Thus, there has never been a more appropriate time for this sweeping, gorgeously photographed look at rural America's most enchanting houses of worship. "The country church tells us who we are. In doing so, it provides a sense of security, especially in times of crisis," says Pulitzer Prize nominee William Morgan in his introduction.

The outcome of an inspired two-year cross-country road journey of writer and photographer, American Country Churches touches the heart of America-and many of its religious denominations-as it presents 250 moving, all-new color images of more than 40 of our nation's most uplifting, soul-soothing spaces. The introductory text places the churches within the greater context of American history, while short essays on each church highlight its particular role in the story of its region, architects, and worshippers. As this glorious volume proves, no matter which state one calls home, there are always nearby places to go to find solace.

Synopsis:

Now more than ever, vacationing Americans are choosing to stay right here in the U.S., to look inward at our own rich national heritage. Thus, there has never been a more appropriate time for this sweeping, gorgeously photographed look at rural America's most enchanting houses of worship. The country church tells us who we are. In doing so

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810943353
Author:
Kurzaj, Radek
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Photographer:
Kurzaj, Radek
Author:
Kurzaj, Radek
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Church architecture
Subject:
Rural churches
Subject:
Religious buildings
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Travel - U.S./General
Subject:
Buildings - Religious
Subject:
Church architecture -- United States.
Subject:
Rural churches -- United States.
Subject:
General Architecture
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 3-62.
Publication Date:
20060901
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
1125x975
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Now more than ever, vacationing Americans are choosing to stay right here in the U.S., to look inward at our own rich national heritage. Thus, there has never been a more appropriate time for this sweeping, gorgeously photographed look at rural America's most enchanting houses of worship. "The country church tells us who we are. In doing so, it provides a sense of security, especially in times of crisis," says Pulitzer Prize nominee William Morgan in his introduction.

The outcome of an inspired two-year cross-country road journey of writer and photographer, American Country Churches touches the heart of America-and many of its religious denominations-as it presents 250 moving, all-new color images of more than 40 of our nation's most uplifting, soul-soothing spaces. The introductory text places the churches within the greater context of American history, while short essays on each church highlight its particular role in the story of its region, architects, and worshippers. As this glorious volume proves, no matter which state one calls home, there are always nearby places to go to find solace.

"Synopsis" by , Now more than ever, vacationing Americans are choosing to stay right here in the U.S., to look inward at our own rich national heritage. Thus, there has never been a more appropriate time for this sweeping, gorgeously photographed look at rural America's most enchanting houses of worship. The country church tells us who we are. In doing so
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