Historic Sacred Places of Philadelphia

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Historic Sacred Places of Philadelphia

About the Authors:

Roger W. Moss is Emeritus Executive Director of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and retired Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of a number of books, including The American Country House and Victorian Exterior Decoration.

Tom Crane is a freelance photographer. His work has been featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and the New York Times. Together they collaborated on the book Historic Sacred Places of Philadelphia, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Philadelphia is a walkable city where the modern visitor encounters historic architecture at every turn. In fact, no other American city is so richly endowed with historic buildings as Philadelphia—some dating back to the seventeenth century. In addition to obvious national treasures like Independence Hall, there are thousands of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century homes that continue to shelter and comfort Philadelphians as they have for centuries. Less well known are the hundreds of sacred places—colonial and Victorian Protestant and Catholic churches, Quaker meeting houses, and Jewish synagogues—that enrich every neighborhood. Replete with symbolism and often architecturally impressive, these sacred places await discovery in the pages of this handsome book.

Roger Moss has selected fifty of these inspired Philadelphia historic sacred places, and he conducts the reader on a tour of each hallowed site, calling attention to the architecture and fine details that are then recorded in exquisite color photographs by Tom Crane. At each site the reader is provided with the basic information about the congregation that commissioned the building as well as the architects, artists, and artisans who created these masterpieces—collectively, a treasure of our shared cultural heritage.

"A wondrous visual and historical tour of the city's major places of worship. It's more than a coffee table photo book, and it's more than just a historical look. It combines the best of each genre and becomes a great look into the past of these historic churches, synagogues, and meeting houses."—Evening Bulletin

"A beautiful book of national architectural significance."—Old House Journal

"Abundant color photographs will make you want to visit them all."—House Beautiful

"This book is a must for anyone interested in the early architecture of the Philadelphia area."—Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

  • Hardcover
  • 328 pages
  • University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004
  • ISBN-10: 0812237927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812237924
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