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Garfield Park Tabernacle, Santa Cruz, CA

December 31, 2013

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Half of each A-A church is—no surprise here—an auditorium. The phenomenon coincided with the emergence of what one historian called “Princes of the Pulpit”, preaching superstars who attracted large congregations, and all of that without television. The Beecher name is practically a household word (Henry Ward and Thomas Kinnicutt, not their sister Harriet) but there were many others with only regional reputations. I don’t know that one of these charismatic characters is behind the Garfield Park Tabernacle in Santa Cruz, California, but it’s possible.

Built in 1889 this preaching crucible held 2,000, according to one source. It burned in the summer of 1935.

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