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Religious Horizons in New York's 1920s

Religious Horizons in New York's 1920s John S. Johnston. Postcard with photographic view of Trinity Church and Lower Manhattan skyscrapers, New York City, 1895. From left to right: Trinity Church, the Surety Building, the United States Bank Building, the Union Trust Company Building, the Manhattan Life Building, and the Consolidated Exchange Building. J.S. Johnston Photograph Collection, 1890–1899, New-York Historical Society. 78 https://doi.org/10.1162/grey_a_00350 Religious Horizons in New York’s 1920s COURTNEY BENDER The promoters of the Rockefeller Skyscraper Church should be warned that this method of reaching Heaven was condemned by the Building Department at the time of the Tower of Babel. New York City’s most prominent conservative Protestant min- ister had it in for his city’s skyscrapers: Have you ever thought what a good husky tidal wave could do to “little old New York,” as we call her? Have you ever imagined the Woolworth “sky-scraper” butting headlong into the Equitable Building . . . ? Have you ever imagined the Metropolitan Tower crashing on Madison Square Garden some time, when there were tens of thou- sands of people in there at some worldly, godless celebra- tion of the Lord’s Day? John Roach Straton’s thunderous sermon rumbled from the pulpit of his Calvary Baptist Church across the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Grey Room MIT Press

Religious Horizons in New York's 1920s

Grey Room , Volume (88): 24 – Jul 1, 2022

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John S. Johnston. Postcard with photographic view of Trinity Church and Lower Manhattan skyscrapers, New York City, 1895. From left to right: Trinity Church, the Surety Building, the United States Bank Building, the Union Trust Company Building, the Manhattan Life Building, and the Consolidated Exchange Building. J.S. Johnston Photograph Collection, 1890–1899, New-York Historical Society. 78 https://doi.org/10.1162/grey_a_00350 Religious Horizons in New York’s 1920s COURTNEY BENDER The promoters of the Rockefeller Skyscraper Church should be warned that this method of reaching Heaven was condemned by the Building Department at the time of the Tower of Babel. New York City’s most prominent conservative Protestant min- ister had it in for his city’s skyscrapers: Have you ever thought what a good husky tidal wave could do to “little old New York,” as we call her? Have you ever imagined the Woolworth “sky-scraper” butting headlong into the Equitable Building . . . ? Have you ever imagined the Metropolitan Tower crashing on Madison Square Garden some time, when there were tens of thou- sands of people in there at some worldly, godless celebra- tion of the Lord’s Day? John Roach Straton’s thunderous sermon rumbled from the pulpit of his Calvary Baptist Church across the

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