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Forum Journal (Summer 2013) Iconic Urban Buildings - Historic Houses of Worship

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This slide show is enhanced content for the Summer 2013 Forum Journal (Preservation in the City). To learn more about Preservation Leadership Forum and how you can become a member visit: …

This slide show is enhanced content for the Summer 2013 Forum Journal (Preservation in the City). To learn more about Preservation Leadership Forum and how you can become a member visit: http://www.preservationnation.org/forum

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  • 1. Historic Housesof WorshipEnhanced Content:Iconic Urban Buildings
  • 2. Historic religious buildings are vital to theircommunities. In addition to serving as centersof religious practice, they remind us of localhistory, exhibit irreplaceable artistry andcraftsmanship, and provide needed space forcommunity activities and social services. Yethistoric synagogues, churches, mosques,meetinghouses, temples, and other houses ofworship are increasingly vulnerable todeterioration and loss. Urban houses ofworship face several challenges:• Development threats to those buildingslocated in urban centers with highlycompetitive real estate markets• Shrinking congregations and the steadyshift of people and wealth away from urbancenters to the suburbs• Deferred building maintenance whereshrinking congregations also shrink thebudgetThe former Second Presbyterian Church (1904) in Pittsburgh, Pa.,was rehabilitated in 2011 for use as a community center and artspace. Read the full story here. Photo: Michelle Cleese,Communications and Development Coordinator for the UnionProject.Challenges
  • 3. Left: Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (1930s) in Detroit, Mich., is using the crowdfunding platformIndiegogo to raise funds for building’s ongoing rehabilitation. Read the full story here. Photo: IADSRight: The Old Cambridge Baptist Church (1867-1870) in Cambridge, Mass., was rehabilitated in2009 and now provides training and performance space for the José Mateo Ballet Theater. Read thefull story here and here. Photo: Warren Jagger PhotographyCase Studies
  • 4. Partners for Sacred Spaces, theonly national advocate for thesound stewardship and activecommunity use of America’s olderreligious properties.National Trust for HistoricPreservation’s webpage on historichouses of worship, featuring casestudies, and a toolkit.The 4th Church of Christ, Scientist Building (1916- 1922) in Seattle,Wash., was renovated 1998-1999 and 2010 for a community andcultural center, featuring music performances, lectures, and culturalevents. Read the full story here and here. Credit: Steve DubinskyAdditional Resources

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