Announces National Historic Landmark Designation for Swedenborgian
Church of San Francisco
San Francisco - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today
that the Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco has been designated
a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
"The Swedenborgian Church is a San Francisco gem of exquisite
beauty and spirituality," said Pelosi. "This 100-year
old church radiates friendship and community and has been a haven
to countless San Franciscans."
The Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco complex on Lyon Street
was built in 1895 and is considered one of California's earliest
pure Arts and Crafts buildings. The complex consists of three buildings
and a connecting garden, and still serves as an active church with
little changed from the time of construction. Its creation was influenced
by a collaboration of many influential Californians: the painter
William Keith, naturalist John Muir, architect A. Page Brown, draftsman
Bernard Maybeck, and the Reverend Joseph Worcester who would be
its first minister.
During the late 1880s, the Arts and Crafts movement in the United
States sought to unite social reform, architecture, art, and the
decorative arts. The hallmark of buildings in this style is open
plans and straightforward but beautifully finished and furnished
The church's present minister, Rev. Dr. Rachel Rivers, said : "The
architecture of our church in San Francisco seeks to integrate nature
and spirit as a representation of our seeking to live lives that
help bring heaven to earth."
The National Historic Landmark designation is an official recognition
by the federal government of a historic property's national significance
and is the highest such recognition accorded by our nation to historic
properties. These special places embody the actual sites where significant
historical events occurred and represent ideas that shaped our nation.
Today, fewer than 2,400 historic places bear this distinction. The
National Park Service nominates new landmarks, with assurances of
consent by private owners, and provides technical assistance to
existing landmarks. For more information please visit: www.cr.nps.gov/nhl.
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