Postwar Religious Building

Jay M. Price

in Temples for a Modern God

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925957
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980482 | DOI:
Postwar Religious Building

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In the two decades after World War II, Protestant denomination offices expanded their staffs, a host of independent consultants emerged, an array of journals and books allowed for an unprecedented level of conversation about religious space, and organizations such as the Church Architectural Guild of America and the National Council of Churches brought religious architecture into a national spotlight. Catholic organizations began to work together to guide the church’s massive postwar building program. Meanwhile, a cohort of architects who specialized in religious structures helped shape the conversation, and the need to construct as many buildings as possible contributed to a whole set of businesses offering everything from fund-raising advice to prefabricated structures. In the negotiations among the consultant, the architect, the builder, and the building committee, the result was often a compromise between what was possible and what was affordable.

Keywords: church management; Catholic Property Administration; Church Property Administration; Ritenour; Harold Wagoner; Building Committee; church loans; prefabrication

Chapter.  17071 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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