Holy Things and Profane

Anglican Parish Churches in Colonial Virginia

Dell Upton

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February 27, 1997
304 pages, 8 1/2 x 9 1/4
266 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300065657
Paper

In this prize-winning book, Dell Upton interweaves architectural and cultural history to create a vivid new picture of colonial Virginia. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and drawings, the book examines the architecture, decoration, and furniture of Virginia`s Anglican churches and puts them in the context of eighteenth-century life and society.

"The finest study ever done of early American religious architecture."—Jon Butler, Journal of British Studies

"A splendid volume, thoroughly researched, well written, and handsomely produced. . . . The most satisfying and dexterous analysis of material culture to date."—Randall H. Balmer, Religious Studies Review

"A remarkable book about the construction and meaning of Anglican churches in colonial Virginia."—Lois Green Carr, American Historical Review

"Upton provides the general reader with a fascinating portrait of architecture as the physical embodiment of a certain time, place, and society without ignoring its technological or stylistic details and development."—Robin A. S. Haynes, American Quarterly

"Upton . . . answers many questions about early Virginia life with deep insight through a study of a building type that mixed high style architecture with the vernacular."—Dennis Domer, Journal of Architectural Education

Winner of the 1987 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award given by the Society of Architectural Historians, the 1987 John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association, and the 1987 Abbott Lowell Cummings Award of the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

Dell Upton is professor of architectural history at the University of California, Berkeley.

"The finest study ever done of early American religious architecture."—Jon Butler, Journal of British Studies

 

"A splendid volume, thoroughly researched, well written, and handsomely produced. . . . The most satisfying and dexterous analysis of material culture to date."—Randall H. Balmer, Religious Studies Review

"A remarkable book about the construction and meaning of Anglican churches in colonial Virginia."—Lois Green Carr, American Historical Review

 

"Upton provides the general reader with a fascinating portrait of architecture as the physical embodiment of a certain time, place, and society without ignoring its technological or stylistic details and development."—Robin A. S. Haynes, American Quarterly

"Upton . . . answers many questions about early Virginia life with deep insight through a study of a building type that mixed high style architecture with the vernacular."—Dennis Domer, Journal of Architectural Education

"Holy Things and Profane sets new standards for architectural history, for the study of material culture, and for the writing of eighteenth-century social history."—Gary Kulik, Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum

"The research is first rate, and the reader is given a virtual social and ecclesiastical history as well as architectural study of the established church in America’s first British colony. What a delightful way to learn church history—through the buildings designed for worship of God and the people who came weekly to use them."—The Reverend Travis Du Priest, Living Church


 Winner of the 1987 John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association 

Winner of the 1987 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award given by the Society of Architectural Historians

Winner of the 1987 Abbott Lowell Cummings Award of the Vernacular Architecture Forum