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Submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the Master of Architecture degree.


Religious Architecture is a typology that is found in all communities around the world, large or small. Despite the differences in architectural design due to religious views, these buildings have something in common: architectural impact. These buildings engage their communities by introducing eye-catching, and unique architectural features that separate them from their surrounding context. These qualities make them valuable pieces of architecture that bring vibrant historic value to their communities.

As designers, we must always be aware of current events and changing beliefs. For the past twenty years, people have been attending religious services less and less, and after the covid 19 pandemic, attending religious services in person dropped at a tremendous rate. Within Massachusetts alone, over 100 Christian churches have either been forced to merge with others, or have been closed. This has resulted in many architecturally unique religious buildings being left standing, abandoned in their communities.

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