Churches of Minnesota

Churches of Minnesota: An Illustrated Guide

Alan K. Lathrop
Photography by Bob Firth
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 336
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    Churches of Minnesota
    Book Description:

    Alan Lathrop profiles more than one hundred religious buildings in a compendium made even richer by the photography of Bob Firth. More than 140 black-and-white and full-color images reveal the intrinsic character of these buildings and Lathrop uncovers the enchanting stories behind the lives of those connected to each church—the architects, the leaders, the parishioners—and the history that brought them to where they are today.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-8790-9
    Subjects: Architecture and Architectural History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-xii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  4. Glossary
    (pp. xv-xx)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. xxi-xxvi)

    There quite possibly is no structure in North America that is so readily recognizable to so many people as a church. When one approaches a town, the most prominent features on the landscape are usually church spires soaring above all else except modern high-rises, grain elevators, and transmission towers. Religious buildings exist in every town and in every rural area, and they play a significant role in many people’s lives at one time or another. Even buildings wrapped in new styles that seem to have strayed from the traditional, Eurocentric types are readily recognizable as places of worship.

    In a...

  6. Churches of Minnesota
    (pp. 3-239)

    Zion Lutheran may well be LeRoy Gaarder’s most successful church. It combines Gothic and Tudor elements in a picturesque blend. Above the entrance rises an abbreviated open bell tower capped by a small copper spire. A stone carving of a ship in an oval frame is set into the base of the tower. The church is constructed of variegated Wisconsin limestone, Gaarder’s favorite building material. Half-timbering is set against the stone rather than stucco, which is a resourceful variation on the customary Tudor style.

    The congregation was formed in 1945, and the first permanent pastor, Herbert Bussman, arrived early in...

  7. [Illustrations]
    (pp. None)
  8. Other Sites of Interest
    (pp. 240-277)
  9. Architect Biographies
    (pp. 278-306)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 307-307)