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Sacred Spaces: The History and Rituals of Church Architecture

  • MacLaurinCSF Study Center 1337 Cleveland Avenue North Saint Paul, MN, 55114 United States (map)

Have you ever wondered why our churches look the way they do?  Do they reflect whims of architectural fashion or might they reflect rituals, culture and worship styles from the ages?  Why a basilica plan shape?  Why are there additional side aisles?  How might Moses, King David, Jesus, Constantine, Charlemagne, Luther, Gutenberg, Da Vinci, Pope Saint John XXIII, and Frank Lloyd Wright have affected church design?  How has church design been influenced by Rome, the Middles Ages, Renaissance, Reformation / Counter Reformation, Shakers, the Great Awakening, Vatican II, and television? 

Join us for an evening lecture led by Paul May on the origins and development of church architecture as well as the insights into church design from its Hebraic roots to our contemporary structures. This event is cosponsored by MacLaurinCSF. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Paul May is an Associate Principal with Miller Dunwiddie Architecture, a 40-person firm located in the Minneapolis warehouse district. He has over 25 years of experience with a specialized expertise in the design of educational and faith-based facilities, including nearly 75 church projects within the Twin Cities area.  His collaborative and participatory design style has been recognized with numerous local, state and national design awards.  Paul has an undergraduate degree in architecture from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.