From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship by David Dunlap

From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship

byDavid Dunlap

Kobo ebook | May 12, 2004

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From modest chapels to majestic cathedrals, and historic synagogues to modern mosques and Buddhist temples: this photo-filled, pocket-size guidebook presents 1,079 houses of worship in Manhattan and lays to rest the common perception that skyscrapers, bridges, and parks are the only defining moments in the architectural history of New York City. With his exhaustive research of the city's religious buildings, David W. Dunlap has revealed (and at times unearthed) an urban history that reinforces New York as a truly vibrant center of community and cultural diversity.

Published in conjunction with a New-York Historical Society exhibition, From Abyssinian to Zion is a sometimes quirky, always intriguing journey of discovery for tourists as well as native New Yorkers. Which popular pizzeria occupies the site of the cradle of the Christian and Missionary Alliance movement, the Gospel Tabernacle? And where can you find the only house of worship in Manhattan built during the reign of Caesar Augustus? Arranged alphabetically, this handy guide chronicles both extant and historical structures and includes

650 original photographs and 250 photographs from rarely seen archives

24 detailed neighborhood maps, pinpointing the location of each building

concise listings, with histories of the congregations, descriptions of architecture, and accounts of prominent priests, ministers, rabbis, imams, and leading personalities in many of the congregations

David W. Dunlap covers architecture and design, real-estate development, landmarks, and urban history for the New York Times. He is the author and photographer of On Broadway: A Journey Uptown over Time, which won a Citation of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects. He is also the co-author and phtogrpaher of Glory i...
Title:From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of WorshipFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 12, 2004Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231500726

ISBN - 13:9780231500722


Table of Contents

Foreword by Paul Goldberger
Neighborhood Maps

Editorial Reviews

With 899 photographs and 24 maps, this encyclopedia of congregations and religious buildings in Manhattan is an indispensable resource for anyone who is interested in religion and architecture in the city.... [A]n outstanding handbook on religion in Manhattan. Throughout much of its history, New York has been regarded as a kind of modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah, a place where sin and wickedness and danger are everywhere in abundance. But there is another side to the story as well, a tale of faith and devotion, of great preachers and respected theologians, and of grand and impressive religious edifices. David W. Dunlap's From Abyssinian to Zion combines beautiful illustrations with evocative prose to provide the best account yet of God in Gotham.