The majority of us take churches for granted but there was a time when the church was the epicenter of a community. Each and every community had their own church which served the religious and administrative needs of the community it was built in.

European Influences

During the late 1700’s to early 1900’s churches came in a variety of shapes and sizes. When Europeans came to North America, they would bring along with them the designs of their church. The Spanish had their own design style and the French, for example had their own design preferences. While all churches deliver the same religious message, their designs vary greatly.

If you went to Santa Fe, New Mexico, the churches there would look very different from the ones you would find in Boston even though they were both Christian churches.

Builders of the Church

The building of the various churches was sponsored by the Vatican in some part plus contributions from the local community. Typically the Vatican would send clergy who would help the community observe the various religious sacraments and the community would build the physical church. Most churches were built by the immigrants in the various communities. Since the church was the societal center of the community it was usually the largest, most prominent building in the area. Builders would go through great pains, using the best quality materials when building the church. This high-quality construction is why a considerable number of churches are still standing even after 100+ years of serving the community.