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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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  • Tours
Theme: Historical Houses of Worship Tour
David Bains, Samford University, Presiding
Daniel Sack, Washington, DC, Presiding
Monday - 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Offsite-Meet at the Registration Desk outside of Exhibit Hall A in the Convention Center

As the largest city in the mountain west, Denver is not only a state capital but a regional one. This bus tour focuses on landmark houses of worship for regional religious communities headquartered in the city. The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (1902-11) is a Gothic revival structure in the French style that was designed by Leon Coquard of Detroit for the Roman Catholic community. Nearby is the Cathedral of St. John in the Wilderness (1909-11) designed for Episcopalians by the New York firm of Tracy and Swartwout. It is also Gothic revival, but reflects the more modern style of Ralph Adams Cram and Bertram Goodhue. The Assumption of the Theotokos Metropolis Cathedral Denver is located in a more modern setting and was designed roughly sixty years later for the Greek Orthodox community. It reflects the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Annunciation Greek Orthodox church in Wisconsin in that it brings the entire worship space under a single dome. But whereas the dome of Wright’s prairie church is low and flat, Assumption’s golden full hemisphere towers like the nearby mountains. While the Gothic cathedrals are resplendent with stained glass from studios in London, Boston, and Munich, the Orthodox church’s mosaics seek to evoke heaven on earth. The cost of the tour is $40.