A SPACE FOR FAITH: THE COLONIAL MEETINGHOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND BY PAUL WAINWRIGHT & PETER BENES

A SPACE FOR FAITH
A SPACE FOR FAITH
Item# ISBN 0-9817898-5-4
$35.00

When built in the 1700s, colonial meetinghouses were the center of both religious and civic life¯concepts not at all separate in colonial New England. Many were built with tax money, and their simple, undecorated architecture reflected the desire of early Puritan settlers to live simple lives apart from the Church of England. Yet these were their “cathedrals,” built by hand without adornment, except for the wonderful woodwork. Only a few of them remain in a relatively unchanged state. These structures represent not only a fascinating glimpse into our nation’s colonial history, but are beautiful as well. Working with an old large-format camera, Paul Wainwright has captured the inherent beauty of a large number of well-preserved New England meetinghouses. An accompanying essay by noted colonial historian Peter Benes traces a narrative rich in history and architecture. Hardcover 114 pages