Spires in the Sun Author Talk: December 3, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Jacksonville
Sunday, December 3, 2023, 10:00 AM
There will be a series of author talks on the Florida Carpenter Gothic Episcopal churches featured in the book. After each event there will be a meet and greet and book signing with Mr. Rich and Mr. Eschbach.
Spires in the Sun is organized in two parts. Part I includes: a description of a typical Florida church of the “Carpenter Gothic” style; a recounting of the advent and growth of the Episcopal Church in Florida; biographies of Bishops Rutledge, Young and Weed, with a particular emphasis on Bishop Young and his working affiliations with architects Richard Upjohn, Frank Wills, Charles Haight, and Robert Schuyler; an explanation of relevant contemporary influences, such as the Oxford Movement, the Gothic Revival, and ecclesiology; and an examination of the prominent roles of women in campaigns to build the churches. Part II is divided into 39 chapters, each of which profiles a specific surviving 19th–century Carpenter Gothic Episcopal church in Florida. These chapters tell the story of how each church was dreamt of, planned, and built by its original mission members.
Jonathan Rich, a retired attorney who represented publicly held companies, major banks, and Florida’s principal economic development organization, is currently chairman of the board of a national trust company. He has also served in leadership positions for several non-profit organizations devoted to the arts, jobs training and the sport of rowing. A third generation Floridian, he has studied Florida human and natural history for decades. He lives in Winter Park, Florida with his wife Beth.
Phil Eschbach, a commercial photographer specializing in architecture and travel, has maintained a studio in Winter Park for many years. His photographs have appeared in national, regional and local publications. He has served on the board of a non-profit organization dedicated to architectural preservation in Central Florida and is a past president of the Winter Park Historical Association. A ninth generation Floridian, he lives in Winter Park with his wife Elizabeth.