Lost Churches of Mississippi

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Lost Churches of Mississippi is a collection of archival photographs, postcards, and drawings of more than one hundred notable churches and synagogues vanquished by fire, disaster, development, or neglect. Constructed primarily from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s, these places of worship were often among the most visually prominent and architecturally striking buildings in Mississippi. Storms, floods, tornadoes, flames, bulldozers, or the disbandment of congregations ...

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Overview

Lost Churches of Mississippi is a collection of archival photographs, postcards, and drawings of more than one hundred notable churches and synagogues vanquished by fire, disaster, development, or neglect. Constructed primarily from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s, these places of worship were often among the most visually prominent and architecturally striking buildings in Mississippi. Storms, floods, tornadoes, flames, bulldozers, or the disbandment of congregations razed what once was hallowed.

In Lost Churches of Mississippi, architectural historian Richard J. Cawthon reclaims such noteworthy churches as the old St. Paul's Catholic Church in Vicksburg, Bethel Presbyterian Church near Columbus, the old Trinity Episcopal Church in Pass Christian, and the old First Presbyterian Church in Yazoo City. Selections represent over fifty towns and cities throughout the state and are captured in 180 distinctive black-and-white illustrations from several historical archives and other collections.

Cawthon discusses the architectural features and historical background of each house of worship and provides a brief introduction that illuminates the study of lost buildings, as well as a glossary of architectural terms and an annotated bibliography. Lost Churches of Mississippi rescues a cardinal legacy and recognizes a portion of the state's rich architectural and religious heritage.

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In many American towns and cities, old church buildings seem to be the stillpoint around which the entire community grew and changed. Sacred structures do fall victim, however, to the vagaries of time; over many decades, storms, floods, flames, and bulldozers all do their dirty work. Richard Cawthon's Lost Churches of Mississippi manages to salvage significant vestiges of these vanished architectural landmarks, collecting photos, postcards, and drawings of more than 100 Mississippi houses of worship. A fascinating meditation on Southern architectural history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604734362
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 991,717
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Richard J. Cawthon, former chief architectural historian with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, is currently a historic preservation specialist for FEMA's Mississippi Recovery Office and works on the state's Gulf Coast. He wrote the text for Victorian Houses of Mississippi and Historic Churches of Mississippi (University Press of Mississippi).

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