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Lost Churches of Mississippi

Richard J. Cawthon

Publication Year: 2010

Lost Churches of Mississippiis a collection of archival photographs, postcards, and drawings of more than one hundred notable churches and synagogues vanquished by fire, disaster, development, or neglect. Constructed primarily from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s, these places of worship were often among the most visually prominent and architecturally striking buildings in Mississippi. Storms, floods, tornadoes, flames, bulldozers, or the disbandment of congregations razed what once was hallowed.In Lost Churches of Mississippi, architectural historian Richard J. Cawthon reclaims such noteworthy churches as the old St. Paul's Catholic Church in Vicksburg, Bethel Presbyterian Church near Columbus, the old Trinity Episcopal Church in Pass Christian, and the old First Presbyterian Church in Yazoo City. Selections represent over fifty towns and cities throughout the state and are captured in 180 distinctive black-and-white illustrations from several historical archives and other collections.Cawthon discusses the architectural features and historical background of each house of worship and provides a brief introduction that illuminates the study of lost buildings, as well as a glossary of architectural terms and an annotated bibliography Lost Churches of Mississippi rescues a cardinal legacy and recognizes a portion of the state's rich architectural and religious heritage.

Published by: University Press of Mississippi


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p. v

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-ix

This book is a collection of photographs, postcards, and other images of architecturally interesting old churches and synagogues of Mississippi that no longer stand. One hundred and ten lost churches and synagogues are featured here. This is only a small portion of buildings that could have been included. ...

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pp. xi-xiii

Churches and synagogues are often among the most visually prominent and architecturally interesting buildings in any American community. That is certainly true of the cities and towns of Mississippi. They are often among the most historically interesting buildings as well, but many of the most architecturally and historically interesting religious buildings no longer exist, having been destroyed or remodeled beyond recognition. ...

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pp. 1-202

One of the finest Greek Revival churches built in Mississippi was the Methodist Episcopal Church (old First Methodist Church) in Aberdeen. Located at the northwest corner of West Quincy Street (now College Place) and North James Street, it was a rectangular brick building, elevated upon a raised basement and distinguished by an elegant monumental “distyle in muris” portico in the Grecian Ionic order. ...


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pp. 203-209


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pp. 210-215


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pp. 216-221

Illustration Credits

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pp. 222-229


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pp. 230-240

E-ISBN-13: 9781604734379
E-ISBN-10: 160473437X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781604734362
Print-ISBN-10: 1604734361

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2010

OCLC Number: 688317367
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