PPS Tour Of Gloria Dei

Gloria Dei (8.15) Swedish Lutherans and whacky light fixtures . . . who knew? These are truly awesome.

You’ve probably driven past Gloria Dei hundreds of times — it faces the entrance to the mall parking garage. This Thursday join the Providence Preservation Society for a tour inside and learn about the history and the architecture.

Swedish architect Martin Hedmark collaborated with the Providence firm of Jackson, Robertson and Adams in the design of this unusual structure. The church was founded by seventy-five Swedish immigrants in 1890; the congregation exceeded 700 by the 1920’s and had outgrown the original church on this site. Hedmark’s design for the church draws from precedents in his homeland and unifies this vernacular style with an elaborate Trinitarian iconography and traditional ecclesiastical format into the most architecturally noteworthy 20th-century church in Providence.

This week’s guide is Eric Inman Daum, a partner at Merrimack Design Associates Architects in Massachusetts. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, having previously served four years as President of the chapter.

$10 for non-members, 5:30pm, Thursday, August 15, PPS Tours of Sacred Places, Gloria Dei Church, 15 Hayes Street

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