Heavenly City - The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago

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John A. Mallin, a Chicago artist who painted murals and frescos for more than one hundred churches throughout the twentieth century, professed that “there is nothing too good for God, so there is nothing too rich or too precious for God’s earthly homes.” In this visually captivating survey of many of the most significant churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago, one will quickly find that this philosophy has been promoted by a number of visionary pastors, generous parishioners, and talented artists and architects throughout the Chicago area for more than a century. Featuring over 200 striking photographs and keen scholarly insights into the theological inspiration, architectural achievements, and local history of more than sixty Chicago churches, this stunning book will delight students, artists, architects, historians, and pilgrims alike.

Author Denis R. McNamara, an architectural historian who specializes in American church architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries, holds a PhD from the University of Virginia. He has written and lectured widely on the history and theology of ecclesiastical architecture, and had served on the Art and Architecture Commission of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is currently Assistant Director and faculty member at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, and serves as a liturgical design consultant.

Photographer James Morris specializes in architectural and cultural subjects from around the world, working with publishers, magazines and architects, including his recent book published in 2000, Churches of London (Contemporary Books). In 2004 he published the monograph Butabu: Adobe Architecture of West Africa, of which the New York Times commented, "The British Photographer James Morris easily takes the palm for the year's most haunting architectural images". His work is exhibited in both Europe and the US and has been awarded prizes by, among others, Chicago's Graham Foundation for advanced studies in the fine arts, and the UK's Design and Art Directors Guild. He currently lives in Wales.


Benjamin Franklin Award, First Place in the Religion Category

2005 Midwest Book Award Winner: 1st Place - History; 1st Place - Regional (Non-Fiction); Honorable Mention - Interior Layout

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Book Details

  • Product Code: CITYCH 
  • ISBN: 978-1-56854-503-5
  • Pages: 160
  • Author: Denis McNamara, James Morris
  • Size: 9 ½ x 13
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Copyright Year: 2005


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