Monuments to Heaven:

Baltimore’s Historic Houses of Worship

Lois Zanow and Sally Johnston
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
1 – 2:30 pm in Buchner Hall

Registration Fee: $18

Program Description

Monuments to Heaven is not about religion, but rather about the famous architects and artisans who designed the magnificent Baltimore treasures built between 1785 and 1891. Using beautiful photographs, Lois and Sally will explain how the building of these churches and synagogues parallel the development of Baltimore, the ethnic groups they served, how they adapted over the years to changing demographics, and biographical information on the architects and artisans, including Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Stanford White, and Johannes Kirshmayer.

Each monument has a unique story to tell. Within is ”divine art” including stained glass, carvings, paintings, mosaics, murals, plaster, and tile work, statuary, ecclesiastical furniture, and artifacts by famed artisans. Much of this is considered to be the finest in America today.

Program Objective

Participants will learn about the historical and architectural value and beauty within many Baltimore treasures. They are one-of-a-kind, built by the best artisans of the time, and could not be duplicated today.  

  • Monuments to Heaven: Baltimore's Historic Houses of Worship

  • Emmanuel Episcopal

  • Corpus Christi

  • Brown Memorial

Program Format

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Handouts
  • Question and answer
  • Book sale and signing

Suggested Supplementary Readings

  • Monuments to Heaven: Baltimore Historic Houses of Worship, Lois Zanow and Sally Johnston
  • A Guide to Baltimore Architecture, 3rd edition, John Dorsey and James Dilts
  • The Architecture of Baltimore, Mary Ellen Hayward and Frank R. Shivers

About Lois Zanow & Sally Johnston

Lois Zanow has a degree in History from the University of Minnesota, and has taken advanced courses in Writing and Management. She is a tour guide in Baltimore, Washington, Annapolis, and Philadelphia. Lois worked at the Baltimore City Life Museums, and is past Executive Director of the Maryland Association of History Museums. Sally Johnston has degrees in History and Education from Chatham College and the University of Pittsburgh. She is past Director of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore, and has written a book on Mary Pickersgill, the craftswoman who sewed the flag in 1812. Sally has worked at and served on the boards of various historic houses and museums. Lois and Sally have given lectures in adult education throughout the region, and are the co-authors of Monuments to Heaven: Baltimore’s Historic Houses of Worship.