Sacred Spaces

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Setting out to record Los Angeles’ unheralded religious history, photographer Robert Berger visited over 300 historic houses of worship over the course of three and a half years. Lively text by noted architectural historian Alfred Willis makes the buildings come alive.

Robert Berger

Robert Berger has been photographing architecture and interior design for the past 18 years. Assignments for clients ranging from furniture and lighting manufacturers to residential, hospitality, and casino designers have taken him around the world. His images have been published in various books and periodicals and have been exhibited around the country. His previous book, "The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown," done in conjunction with his former business partner Anne Conser, is now in its fourth printing. Limited edition prints of the images in Sacred Spaces are available from Berger/Conser Photography in Santa Monica.

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Setting out in to record Los Angeles’ unheralded religious history, photographer Robert Berger had no idea he would visit over 300 historic houses of worship over the course of nearly four years. Wandering through neighborhoods that seemed as foreign as distant lands, looking for steeples, crosses and domes vaulting towards the sky, he began to appreciate the vast metropolis, its wide range of ethnicities, and its constantly changing landscape. Mostly unknown to anyone but their congregations, many of these historic buildings are threatened by neglect. In some cases he found well preserved gilded reredos an Della Robbia statues while in others animal carcasses and pigeon droppings. The wide variety of sacred buildings include works by such well-known architects as Rudolph Schindler and Wallace Neff, modest neighborhood parishes by unknown designers, and opulent fantasias created by movie-studio art directors.

Lively text by noted architectural historian Alfred Willis reawakens the colorful history of these buildings with tales of celebrity weddings and the mysterious disappearance of evangelist Aimée Semple McPherson. The oldest synagogue west of Chicago was later converted to a Welsh Presbyterian church whose choir performed in ‘How Green Was My Valley’.

SACRED SPACES is a journey into a little-known but glorious set of buildings that will enlarge the reader’s appreciation for how much beautiful architecture remains hidden, and in some cases endangered, in America’s second largest city.

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176 pages, 132 color images

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