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Catholic Architecture in New York City: A Conversation with Francis Morrone
November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Join the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at NYU SPS for a special presentation on Catholic architecture in New York City (including efforts to preserve these works) by architectural historian and instructor in the Certificate in Historic Preservation, Francis Morrone.
7 E. 12th Street, Room 321
Free with RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/CALA-NYCARCH
Our houses of worship count disproportionately among our most beautiful buildings. But they are also more than just beautiful buildings. They embody the values many people hold most meaningful in their lives, and they are repositories of many people’s—even non-believers’—most cherished memories. In this illustrated lecture, we will look specifically at the Roman Catholic Church architecture of New York City. What does their architecture tell us about the nature of Catholic belief and liturgy? What do the different styles represent? Why do Italian Catholic, Irish Catholic, and German Catholic churches look different from one another? And why should we seek to preserve these buildings in a time when most of the city’s Catholics are no longer Irish or Italian or German—when, indeed, our culture is more secular than it has ever been? We’ll explore many examples, from St. Patrick’ Cathedral to the humblest parish churches, and even non-church shrines.