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Withering Houses of Worship

by Staff


Tags: Preservation, Frank Lloyd Wright, Churches, Historical, National Park Service,

The landscape is littered with beautiful old churches, synagogues, and mosques—buildings that have helped form American’s moral and philosophical foundation. And, as people migrate from small towns and urbanites flock to sparkling-new megachurches, that foundation is crumbling. Literally. Common Ground, the National Park Service's publication, takes a look at these abandoned houses of worship, including a synagogue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and makes a case for preservation.  –Anna Cynar