A richly illustrated history of more than one hundred sacred structures lost to disaster, demolition, or abandonment
Lost Churches of Mississippi is 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 temples 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.
Richard J. Cawthon, Jackson, Mississippi, former chief architectural
historian with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History,
is currently a historic preservation specialist for FEMA's Mississippi
Recovery Office and works on the state's Gulf Coast. He wrote the
text for Victorian Houses of Mississippi and Historic Churches of Mississippi
(University Press of Mississippi).
240 pages (approx.), 8 x 10 inches, 180 b&w illustrations, bibliography, appendix, index