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Tower of Pasadena: The Art and Architecture of St. Andrew Church Hardcover – November 27, 2011

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This book highlights one of Pasadena's most prominent works of art and demonstrates in a single stroke why the city is known as a center for arts and culture. --Bill Bogaard - Mayor, City of Pasadena

About the Author

ARTHUR (TRI) FRITZ is writer whose articles have appeared in National Catholic Register, DGA Magazine, You! Magazine and Patch.com. He is the creator and editor of NellieBlyOnline.com, an historical resource website about pioneering investigative journalist Nellie Bly. Tri has a degree in communications from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA from Azusa Pacific University. He lives in Pasadena with his wife and daughter.

DAVID CRANE has documented news stories as a photojournalist for more than 25 years. His images of celebrities, politicians, musicians and sports figures have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and LIFE. A Brooks Institute Scholarship recipient and National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year, David takes a candid, documentary style approach to his work, and he has a rare ability to turn life into art.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Prospect Park Media (November 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983459444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983459446
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,818,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writer Tri Fritz's recent collaboration with noted photographer David Crane, "Tower of Pasadena: The Art and Architecture of St. Andrew Church," has produced a masterpiece of its genre, beautifully written and superbly illustrated. Indeed, the Crane photographs of St. Andrew's exterior and interior could themselves be considered works of art, richly evoking the majesty, grandeur, and beauty of this Pasadena-located church. In particular, the murals of renowned Italian painter Carlo Wostry spectacularly adorn several walls and ceilings of the church as well as the pages of this book. A Los Angeles Times art critic adjudged these Wostry murals as "the best of any church in the two Americas" and "a revelation to the Western art world." Modeled after a Roman basilica and tower, parishioners and non-parishioners alike have long marveled at how much St. Andrew reminds them of the churches in the Eternal City that they have visited or examined in photographs.

Mr. Fritz's text, including a brief history of this Catholic parish's beginnings in 1886 to its development over the next 125 years, is informative and appropriately spare. His explication of the church's footprint is masterful, so much so that a visitor could use the textual prompts in this work as "maps" to, should we say, every nook and cranny of this heavenly edifice. In addition, there are many fascinating "side" stories in this work, including the artistic genius behind making the church's twenty-four columns appear most certainly to be made of marble instead of their actual concrete casts and steel supports along with plaster mixes and the Restoration Committee's attention to detail in having three layers of wallpaper removed from several areas, including the vestibule and a wall behind the Blessed Sacrament altar.
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I bought this because of my interest in St Andrew Church's art and architecture--and I also love the rich culture and history of Pasadena. Book is full of great color photography with just enough history to make it interesting and quick to read. Its now on my Pasadena coffee table.
This would make a great hostess gift for Pasadena residents--or anyone interested in American church architecture.
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