Enlightenment and Architecture, a celebration of the Bicentennial of First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, October 28 at 3 pm.
Enlightenment and Architecture
2018-10-28 15:00:00
2018-10-28 18:00:00
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT

Type of event: Public Event

Sponsor: The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Join us for an Illustrated Talk on Enlightenment & Architecture: The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore.

On October 28, 2018, beginning at 3 pm, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the dedication of Church.  Dr. Dell Upton, Distinguished Professor of Architectural History in the Department of Art History at UCLA and Professor Emeritus of Architecture at University of California, Berkeley, will give an illustrated talk on the architectural importance of the First Unitarian Church.

Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia were the principal centers of architectural innovation in the early 19th century United States, largely through the efforts of Maximilian Godefroy, Robert Mills, and Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Maximilian Godefroy was the architect of First Unitarian Church.  Dr. Upton’s talk will discuss some of these innovations, focusing on the Baltimore-Washington region, and examine the shared Enlightenment roots of architectural neoclassicism and Unitarianism.

As an historian of architecture, material culture, and cities, Dell Upton focuses both on the United States and on the global scene and his books include Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic (2008) and Architecture in the United States (1998), a volume in the Oxford History of Art series, as well as Holy Things and Profane: Anglican Parish Churches in Colonial Virginia (1986); and Madaline: Love and Survival in Antebellum New Orleans (1996). He has had a longstanding interest in African-American history, architecture and material culture, and early in his career in studied landscapes of slavery. In recent years, he has been more interested in the urban and rural landscapes of the post-emancipation period. What Can and Can’t Be Said, a study of civil-rights and African-American history monuments in the South, was published in 2015. His American Architecture: A Thematic History will be published in 2019.

A reception will follow the talk in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall of the Church at 514 N. Charles Street. The event is sponsored by the Architectural and Historical Review Committee (A&HRC) of the Church.


First Unitarian has helped to anchor what has become the Mid-town/Mt. Vernon-Belvedere neighborhood since 1818, when it was on the northern edge of the City.  Members have been key to the development of the City have provided City and regional leadership on many social justice causes throughout the congregation's two-hundred-year history. First Unitarian is the oldest building in North America built to be and used continuously as a Unitarian church.  The Maximilian Godefroy masterpiece was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972.

This event is free and open to the public.


12 Franklin Street
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First Uniarian Church of Baltimore
12 Franklin Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States
First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, 12 Franklin Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

For more information contact cer@uua.org.

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