Churches for Change: New England Meetinghouses as Sacred/Secular Prototypes

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Faith & Form, Volume 49, Issue 2

by Howard Hebel

New England’s meetinghouse churches constitute a diverse and distinctly American architecture of community and change. Born in turbulent times, these churches resonate powerfully with contemporary discussions of multi-faith and sacred/secular models. The Old Round Church in Richmond, Vermont, and the South Solon Meeting House in Solon, Maine exemplify these compact, eloquent structures and the range of architectural and artistic treasures they preserve in out-of-the-way places. In addition to possessing a striking, stoic beauty, these miniature masterpieces embody design principles of potential use for today’s architects and builders who again seek to invent places that welcome, uplift, and inspire people facing rapid change.

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