American Sanctuary

American Sanctuary

Understanding Sacred Spaces
Edited by Louis P. Nelson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/14/2006
ISBN: 978-0-253-11196-8
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This volume examines a diverse set of spaces and buildings seen through the lens of popular practice and belief to shed light on the complexities of sacred space in America. Contributors explore how dedication sermons document shifting understandings of the meetinghouse in early 19th-century Connecticut; the changes in evangelical church architecture during the same century and what that tells us about evangelical religious life; the impact of contemporary issues on Catholic church architecture; the impact of globalization on the construction of traditional sacred spaces; the urban practice of Jewish space; nature worship and Central Park in New York; the mezuzah and domestic sacred space; and, finally, the spiritual aspects of African American yard art.

Author Bio

Louis P. Nelson is Assistant Professor of Architectural History at the University of Virginia. He is author of Pulpits, Piety, and Power: Anglican Architecture and Material Culture in Colonial South Carolina (forthcoming).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction Louis P. Nelson
I. Inscription
2. New England Orthodoxy and the Language of the Sacred Gretchen Buggeln
3. God in Gotham: Architecture and the Design of Sacred Space in New York's Central Park Paula A. Mohr
4. The Urban Practice of Jewish Space Jennifer Cousineau
II. Identity
5. Salvage/Salvation: Recent African American Yard Shows John Beardsley
6. Spaces for a New Public Presence: The Sri Siva Vishnu and Murugan Temples in Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Joanne Punzo Waghorne
7. Getting beyond Gothic: Challenges for Contemporary Catholic Church Architecture Paula M. Kane
III. Instability
8. Word, Shape, and Image: Anglican Constructions of the Sacred Louis P. Nelson
9. The Mezuzah: American Judaism and Constructions of Domestic Sacred Space Erika Meitner
10. Mythic Pieties of Permanence: Memorial Architecture and the Struggle for Meaning Jeffrey F. Meyer
IV. Toward a Method
11. Reading Megachurches: Investigating the Religious and Cultural Work of Church Architecture Jeanne Halgren Kilde
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