The American Architect and Building News Volume 48
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...mediseval buildings must he more or less respectable in respect of acoustic properties. Some mediaaval churches were indisputably models of acoustic excellence; others, models of acoustic deficiency." Ve nearly all fall under his lash, Churchman and Dissenter alike receiving castigation: . "All Saints', Margaret Street, and St. Alban's, Holborn.... possess acoustic properties of a satisfactory character. They stand alone in this respect, St. Andrew's, Vel1s Street--a church celebrated for the excellence of its choir--being architecturally feeble and acoustically atrocious.... They are ugly and cacophonous. Nor have the Nonconformists eclipsed us. Mr. Newman Hall's pretentious tabernacle boasts an efiective exterior, with a gloomy. cold interior, utterly destitute of the grace of congruity. Dr. Parker's Temple is light and bright, well adapted, moreover, to his form of worship, and acoustically perfect--for preaching pnrposes--but architecturally it may be styled a facade concealing a concert-room." The main contention of his article is that churches which are good acoustically for oratory are least suited for music, and he instances Magdalen Chapel as a most striking example, attributing the peculiar excellence of this building to its 1'-shaped plan--choir and transepts, without a nave, and without aisles. Westmintcr Abbey and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, are cited as unacouslic. The reverend writer has the courage of his convictions, and says: "For my own part, were I called upon to erect a church on acoustic lines I should imitate the plan of Mayence Cathedral, and place the organ behind a magnificent rercdos at the extreme east end. My church should be 'I'-shaped, as was Bristol...
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