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Monday, November 06, 2006

Art's N' Crafts Wedding

Ed, and I went to his cousin's wedding this weekend in San Francisco. The church is a Historical Landmark and is located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood. Here are a few pictures I wanted to share.

A Statement of Significance reads: "The Swedenborgian Church ecclesiastical complex is an ensemble of buildings that is exceptionally valuable to our understanding of the development of a style of architecture we now call the First Bay Tradition, the harbinger of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the western United States. Natural materials, domestic scale and appearance, traditional and earthy structural forms, and site-specific designs define the First Bay Tradition. The visionary Swedenborgian minister Joseph Worcester brought together leading architects of the First Bay Tradition, A. Page Brown, A.C. Schweinfurth, and Bernard Maybeck, as well as the contemporary painter William Keith, stained-glass artist Bruce Porter, artist Mary Curtis Richardson and other designers and craftsmen to create an integrated complex of buildings. ... Like the closely-allied Arts and Crafts Movement, the First Bay Tradition developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and stressed a comprehensive design approach: from architecture to interior furnishings, from fixtures to artwork. The church is one of the earliest, most influential and best surviving examples of this important national and regional building tradition."

The following is an excerpt of the National Landmarking Committee's commentary supporting its decision to grant Landmark status: The Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco is "…a critically important example of the American contribution to the Arts and Crafts Movement as exemplified in new architectural imagery, integration with the site, garden design, and use of natural materials. The interior shows the employment of the decorative arts to create a special atmosphere, and also the first examples of the 'mission chairs.' ... The Church is important as an example of the Swedenborgian contribution to American religious, social theory and intellectual life."


Blogger Adam said...

Is there supposed to be more pictures than the plaque at the end of the post? I'm not sure if it's my browser or if blogger messed up or what.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Monticore said...

Yes, I'm having problems loading them

4:32 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Much better. Very cool looking.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

I hadn't seen that church, but there is another one by Maybeck in Berkeley that we talked about in history.

8:39 PM  

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