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Canadian Churches: An Architectural History (Hardback)
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Canadian Churches: An Architectural History (Hardback)

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Hardback 440 Pages / Published: 01/11/2007
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A definitive guide to more than 250 significant and historic churches across Canada, including their history, construction, and architectural details. Photographs by an awarding-winning photographer knowledgeable in historic preservation.

Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781554072392
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 2735 g
Dimensions: 279 x 228 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The first definitive guide to more than 180 of the most beautiful and significant churches across the country.
It is de Visser's images that make the book sparkle, with his heavenly sense for new angles and shafts of light.--Megan Grittani-Livingston"Quill and Quire" (10/01/2007)
Detailed descriptions and stunning photos of churches from across Canada ... some of them almost too incredible for words.--Bill Robertson"Star Phoenix (Saskatoon)" (12/15/2007)
[a] generous banquet for both eye and mind, architectural field guide for the curious, [and] treasury of information.--John Bentley Mays"The Globe and Mail" (10/27/2007)
Sumptuously illustrated ... comprehensive.... a remarkable document that deserves the widest possible audience.--Stephen Rowe"IMAGO" (12/01/2007)
This 448 page masterpiece ... has left out very few of the vast number of churches from coast to coast.--Cooper"Edifice Old Home Magazine" (10/01/2007)
Sumptuous ... a wonderful addition to anyone's library.--Shirley Morriss"Built Heritage News" (11/12/2007)
Enormous, comprehensive, stunningly beautiful ... a dangerous book to open if the reader only has a few moments to spare.--Solange De Santis"Anglican Journal" (10/01/2007)
A significant contribution to the history of architecture in Canada [and] a handy reference work.--Regina Haggo"The Hamilton Spectator" (06/09/2008)
This beautifully illustrated book ... is a must for architecture and history buffs.--Laila Maalouf"Destinations" (12/01/2007)
The refreshingly contextual historical narratives are made more enjoyable by the book's beautiful production.... Highly recommended.--L.P. Nelson, University of Virginia"Choice" (07/01/2008)
Accessible to the amateur, there will also be enlightenment for those well versed in Canada's ecclesiastical built heritage.--Walter Vogels, Faculte de Theologie, Universite Saint-Paul, Ottawa"Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 37/3-4" (04/01/2008)
Christopher Wren said, "Architecture aims at eternity." The churches visited in this book bear out that observation.--Adrienne Antink"American Reference Books Annual 2008" (01/01/2008)
A striking and thorough journey into the history and architecture of Canada's religious buildings.... Stunning photographs.... This full-color tome should satisfy anyone seeking enlightenment in Canada's architectural and religious history.
Illustrated throughout with specially commissioned photographs, artwork, drawings and illustrations, this book is a must for anyone interested in history, architecture and religion.
There are plenty of beautiful, famous and historic churches worth visiting in Canada, a point made emphatically [in this book.]
The beauty and religious diversity of the profiled churches illustrate how architecture shapes a congregation's worship service.... Christopher Wren said, "Architecture aims at eternity."The churches visited in this book bear out that observation.--Adrienne Antink"American Reference Books Annual 2008" (01/01/2008)
Simply incredible...visually satisfying... insightful, interesting and meticulously researched.... This book would be a huge hit for anyone interested in Canadian history, architecture and religion.
This beautifully illustrated book, which includes the history of each church and its construction, is a must for architecture and history buffs.--Laila Maalouf"Destinations" (12/01/2007)
Recommended for its breadth, engaging and informative text, and discriminating selection of representative church architecture.--Russell T. Clement"Library Journal" (11/15/2007)
[reviewed with Canadian Cemeteries] It is de Visser's images that really make both books sparkle, with heavenly sense for new angles and shafts of light. For their part, the authors of both books manage to keep up with de Visser's brilliance, covering their respective topics with impressive passion.--Megan Grittani-Livingston"Quill and Quire" (10/01/2007)
A compendium of detailed descriptions and stunning photos of churches from across Canada ... some of them almost too incredible for words.--Bill Robertson"Star Phoenix (Saskatoon)" (12/15/2007)
Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, Canadian Churches: An Architectural History is a most moving experience.... What one will take from this book is a profound sense of reverence for these sacred buildings.--Joan Sutter"Shelf Life" (12/01/2007)
Delightful for historians and architectural buffs.--Lois Cooper"Muskoka Today" (12/13/2007)
[reviewed with Old Canadian Cemeteries] They are generous banquets for both eye and mind, architectural field guides for the curious, treasuries of information aobut realms of Canadian material culture that, to my knowledge, have never before been give popular treatments more ample.... Canadian Churches succeeds as a worthwhile overview of the country's religious architecture.--John Bentley Mays"The Globe and Mail" (10/27/2007)
Takes us on a mammoth photographic tour of 180 places of worship.--Scott McDonald"Quill and Quire" (08/31/2007)
Oversized, in full colour, this book is an important reference for Canadian Christian architecture.--Gloria Hildebrandt"Escarpment Views" (12/01/2008)
An impressive and timely coffee table book... a worthwhile overview of the country's religious architectural heritage.--Alan Hustak"The Gazette (Montreal)" (12/24/2007)
Richardson's book has not been out more than a month, and already five of its featured churches have been lost.--Jennifer Green"Ottawa Citizen and canada.com" (12/21/2007)
Sumptuously illustrated ... The Richardson brothers provide us not only with a comprehensive geographical and chronological survey of Canada's Christian sacred buildings but also place these monuments to faith in both a theological and sociological context... [They] have produced a remarkable document that deserves the widest possible audience.--Stephen Rowe"IMAGO" (12/01/2007)
This 448 page masterpiece dedicated to the art of ecclesiastical architecture has left out very few of the vast number of churches from coast to coast. Richly documented with vivid colour photography ... this is a must have to those who live in decommissioned churches as inspiration to [their] care and restoration, or to those who love our built ecclesiastic heritage.--Cooper"Edifice Old Home Magazine" (10/01/2007)
Sumptuous ... a veritable feast of colour.... The many rewarding hours readers are sure to enjoy with this book make it a wonderful addition to anyone's library.--Shirley Morriss"Built Heritage News" (11/12/2007)
The book is a significant contribution to the history of architecture in Canada. Packed with gorgeous photographs, plans and elevations, it is a handy reference work and the kind of book anyone can consult before a weekend drive.--Regina Haggo"The Hamilton Spectator" (06/09/2008)
The rather dry title...only hints at the riches within this enormous, comprehensive, stunningly beautiful survey of Christian houses of worship in this huge northern country.... It is a dangerous book to open if the reader only has a few moments to spare.--Solange De Santis"Anglican Journal" (10/01/2007)
Canadian Churches is a remarkable achievement, conveying the richness of the spiritual heritage of Canada, expressed in its built form.--Joan Tardif"Catholic Insight" (12/01/2007)
Over and over John de Visser's stunning and mind-swallowing photographs illustrate architectural imagination as a unique height of human capability. The authors' fresh and engaging text informs with intriguing h istorical and architectural detail and delights sylistically too.--James Strecker"On the Arts" (04/01/2008)
In Canadian Churches, religious historian P. Richardson and architectural historian D. Richardson (both, emer., Univ. of Toronto) strike a graceful balance between a broad range of types that represent chronological and geographic diversity while grouping the buildings into compelling narratives that center on historic and cultural context rather than the old-school approach to categorization by style.... First divided geographically, the book then unfolds in sections that highlight significant seasons of church design and construction, telling the stories of a wide range of places and traditions, from the egalitarian millenarians who built Sharon Temple to the Ukrainian Catholics of Ontario. The refreshingly contextual historical narratives are made more enjoyable by the book's beautiful production, with rich color photographs by de Visser and occasional plans, sections, and period drawings. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students; general readers.--L.P. Nelson, University of Virginia"Choice" (07/01/2008)
But for its size and weight, [Canadian Churches] would make an indispensable vade-mecum for travellers.... The prose captures and teases out the pictorial content of the splendid illustrations, in which often enough only two pictures stand for the monument.... Accessible to the amateur, there will also be enlightenment for those well versed in Canada's ecclesiastical built heritage. The organization of the book, a difficult in such a broadly ecumenical cross-country survey, has been achieved with great success.... In a time of accelerating church closures, changes in use, or even demolition, the Richardsons' work can educate and inform the actions of church officials and congregations.--Walter Vogels, Faculte de Theologie, Uni"Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 37/3-4" (04/01/2008)

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