We are looking for applicants who are able to demonstrate how the building and/or the congregation contributes to a national religious story in at least one of two ways:
- Unique national architectural, historical or cultural significance; or
- A compelling story telling how congregations like it have shaped American religion and culture in significant ways.
How an applicant responds to the following questions is an important factor in the evaluation of a congregation’s contribution:
Who designed the building? Was the building designed by an architect? How does it rank in the body of that architect’s work? What style is the building?
Who physically built the facility? What was the role of members and local craftspeople? What was the source of building materials?
Did the selection of building style have theological/religious significance?
How does the building uniquely contribute to the rich legacy of religious architecture nationally?
How does your congregation’s history relate to themes in American history and American religious history?
Who founded the congregation? How did they relate to the community?
How did the congregation respond to key events in local or national history?
How has your building or complex of buildings served as a symbol of your community’s heritage?