1. Anne C. Loveland and Otis B. Wheeler, From Meetinghouse to Megachurch: A Material and Cultural History (Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 2003), 118.
2. On the architecture of the megachurch see ibid., and Jeanne Halgren Kilde, “Reading Megachurches: Investigating the Religious and Cultural Work of Church Architecture,” in American Sanctuary: Understanding Sacred Spaces, ed. Louis Nelson (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2006), 225-50.
3. Loveland and Wheeler, From Meetinghouse to Megachurch, 240.
4. Ibid., 1.
5. Terry Pristin, “A Sports Arena Gets Religion,” New York Times, March 10, 2004.
6. Jeanne Halgren Kilde, When Church Became Theatre: The Transformation of Evangelical Architecture and Worship in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), 85.
7. First United Methodist Church, Remembering the Past: History of the Merging Congregations and Their Buildings, (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003), 8.
8. Ibid, 12.
9. Kilde, When Church Became Theatre, 107.
10. Ibid., 190.
11. Sydney Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1972), 952.
12. See Dale Dowling, “For God, For Family, For Country: Colonial Revival Church Buildings in the Cold War Era.” Ph.D. diss, George Washington University, 2004.
13. William Ward Watkin, Planning and Building the Modern Church (New York: The Dodge Corporation, 1951), 2.
14. Gretchen Buggeln, Temples of Grace: The Material Transformation of Connecticut’s Churches, 1790 &150; 1840 (Hanover: University Press of New England, 2003), 233.
16. Peter W. Williams, “Religious Architecture and Landscape,” in Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience: Studies of Transitions and Movements, ed. Charles Lippy and Peter Williams (New York: Scribners’s, 1988), 1338.
17. Joseph M. Siry, Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Architecture for Liberal Religion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 77.
18. Richard Kieckhefer, Theology in Stone: Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), 231.
19. Ibid., 234.
20. Peter Williams, “Metamorphoses of the Meetinghouse: Three Case Studies,” in Seeing Beyond the Word: Visual Arts and the Calvinist Tradition, ed. Paul Corby Finney (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999), 501-02.
21. For more on this see Kilde, “Reading Megachurches” (note 2).
22. Ibid., 243.
23. Ira Zepp, The New Religious Image of Urban America: The Shopping Mall as Ceremonial Center (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1986; reprint 1997).
24. See Joseph Price, Rounding the Bases: Baseball and Religion in America (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2006).
Louis Nelson is an associate professor and currently chair of the department of architectural history at the University of Virginia where he teaches courses in American architecture, specializing in colonial and early national architecture, vernacular architecture, and theories and methods of sacred space. His work focuses on the early American South and the greater Caribbean. The Beauty of Holiness (due out early in 2009) examines the ways Anglican churches in colonial South Carolina express regional identity, social politics, and divergent theologies of the sacred. He also directs the UVA Falmouth Field School in Historic Preservation, a month-long program held each summer in the coastal town of Falmouth, Jamaica, and has published an edited collection of essays, American Sanctuary: Understanding Sacred Spaces (Indiana University Press, 2006) and a state-of-the-field essay on sacred space in Religious Studies Review.
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