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In God We Trust? Preserving Historic Church Interiors

Lanier, Leah

Research reports from preservation professionals in North America, Europe and Australia
suggest that providing current preservation tools with practical knowledge of traditions and
beliefs associated with historic houses of worship can facilitate a more comprehensive
understanding of, and preservation approaches for preserving the overall integrity of, such
sites. Using redundant historic Christian churches as an example, the following study
investigates this suggestion using a mixed methodology to evaluate the efficacy of multifamily
residential adaptive-reuse conversions as a preservation approach. In order to create
a conceptual model for this evaluation, this methodology combined a Comparative
Religion and Religious Studies methods model with current historic preservation tools for
assessing the significance and integrity of historic properties. The model was applied to a
series of multi-family residential conversion case studies with the following goals: first, to
interpret and identify the churches’ interior components, and second, to ascertain the
strengths and weaknesses of the adaptive-reuse approach.

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Academic Units
Historic Preservation
Thesis Advisors
Piper, Richard
Degree
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
September 17, 2014