Christ Church, Philadelphia: The Nation's Church in a Changing City - Philadelphia, PA
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Quick Description: This is an excellent book for a detailed history of the NRHP Christ Church, a National Historic Landmark and a unique historic site that continues its original function as an Episcopal parish. More than 250,000 tourists visit the church each year!
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 8/12/2013 3:46:41 PM
Waymark Code: WMHTD2
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Bryan
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There is an online, complete text version of the book which can be found HERE. This 425 page book, written by Deborah Mathias Gough and published on January 31, 1995 by the University of Pennsylvania Press chronicles the history of Christ Church from its founding in 1695 through three centuries of changes. The church s fascinating story is intertwined with that of the development of Philadelphia as a major city. Established as the church of the English crown in a Quaker colony, CC dealt from its inception with issues of religious freedom. CC faced numerous religious & secular challenges over the next 200 years -- including: evangelical religion, antebellum reforms, the Anglo-Catholic movement, the Social gospel movement, liberal social reforms, & a rapidly shifting population within Phila s. center city. Today, the church continues to play a vital role in the life of one of the nation s most cosmopolitan, diverse cities. Illustrations. SOURCE

"37. Christ Church (open 9-5 daily), 2nd St. N. of Market St., completed in 1754, is a fine Georgian Colonial structure of red brick, with balustrades and urns on its roof. John Penn, grandson of William Penn, is buried near the steps of the pulpit. In the front façade is a large Palladian window, over which is a medallion of George II. George and Martha Washington, Robert Morris, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, and others had pews, all of which remain. The Washington Pew is number 58; the Franklin pew, 70. The church burial ground at 5th and Arch Streets contains the grave of Benjamin Franklin (1796-90), whose funeral was attended by 20,000 persons." --- Pennsylvania: A Guide to the Keystone State, 1940; page 276

Christ Church in Philadelphia
20 N. American Street
Philadelphia, PA

The first time I visited this church, I was on my way to a first-to-find for a puzzle cache called Living History. Little did I know that I had stumbled into a very important of cultural history for Philadelphia. The church is amazing to see and the individual pews were remarkable. I was in awe to think of the history this church has seen. It was pretty neat to sit in the same exact place our founding fathers (and mothers) also sat.

Christ Church is an Episcopal church located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1695 by members of the Church of England, who built a small wooden church on the site by the next year. When the congregation outgrew this structure some twenty years later, they decided to erect a new church, the most sumptuous in the colonies. Constructed between 1727 and 1744, Christ Church is considered one of the nation's most beautiful surviving 18th-century structures, a monument to colonial craftsmanship and a handsome example of Georgian architecture. It features a symmetrical, classical façade with arched windows and a simple yet elegant interior with fluted columns and wooden pews. The baptismal font in which William Penn was baptized is still in use at Christ Church; it was sent to Philadelphia in 1697 from All Hallows by the Tower in London. SOURCE

The Church Website can be found HERE

ISBN Number: 1422365328

Author(s): Deborah Mathias Gough

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