Our architectural style descriptions come from various sources that don’t necessarily use the same terms. For best results, choose an option that most closely resembles the architectural style that you are looking for. Stylistic sub-categories such as Gothic Revival, High Victorian Gothic, Carpenter Gothic, Collegiate Gothic are associated with their overarching headings like “Gothic.” The same is true for the subdivisions of Romanesque architecture such as Neo-Romanesque, Romanesque Revival, Richardsonian Romanesque, etc. “Modern” is a catch-all term for twentieth-century architectural styles, circa 1930-1970, not otherwise included in the drop-down list. This includes styles such as Brutalism, International, Mid-Century Modern, Wrightian, etc.
For best results, search by last name when looking for specific people associated with particular congregations, such as artists, artisans, architects, builders, clergy, etc. For denomination, use generic labels such as “Baptist,” “Covenant,” etc. Most database churches are Lutheran; we have not distinguished different branches of Lutheranism, excepting the predominantly Finnish “Apostolic Lutheran.” You may also search traditional celebrations or food events. These may have different spellings depending on country of origin or if words have been Anglicized. In the database, for example, we use aebleskiver, Deuce of August, lutefisk, Sankta Lucia, and syttende mai.