Building and Belief: An Architectural History of Sacred Architecture in Mobile
Thursday, November 15th
7:00 pm- Byrne Hall on the campus of Spring Hill College
Members & Students Free
Presented by Cartledge W. Blackwell, Curator of the Mobile Carnival Museum and Architectural Historian
Cart Blackwell, curator of the Mobile Carnival Museum, obtained his undergraduate degrees in art history and historic preservation from the College of Charleston, followed by the MA in Architectural History. His scholarly focus is the art and architecture of 19th and 20th century America, particularly that of the Southeast. He is currently working on three books. One focuses on Alabama artist-designer Clara Weaver Parrish. A second is on portraiture in Alabama, while a third, on architect George B. Rogers, is in the beginning stages of development.
Architecture and religion – building and belief – are inextricably bound. Houses of worship are often the defining features of a city and for its citizens. The look and feel of these spaces, where people learn the principles of their faith, forge lifelong friendships, marry their spouse, and christen their children, reflect a multitude of impulses. Liturgical, aesthetic, technological, political, and a whole host of other factors figure in the design of religious sanctuaries. This lecture explores the history, experience, and appearance of Mobile’s ecclesiastical architecture.