Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Photo by Thomas Hawkins via Creative Commons.
All month long in October 2015, Curbed and National Trust for Historic Preservation are teaming up on #ThisPlaceMatters, a social campaign highlighting the most beloved places across America. Our motto at Curbed is “Love where you live,” which ties in succinctly with the National Trust’s mission to highlight everyday buildings and places alongside those officially earmarked for historic preservation. We’re looking to you, our readers, to submit photos of your favorite places, preserved or not, on Instagram and Twitter by tagging them with #ThisPlaceMatters. Don’t forget to tag Curbed and @savingplaces, too.
Across America, religious buildings serve not only as hallowed places of worship, but also as community civic centers—acting as polling locations, as meeting halls for community boards, and as places for neighborhood gatherings of all kinds. From synagogues to churches, from mosques to Bahá’i temples, the beauty of America’s religious centers is on brilliant display in the photos below. Here are some of our other favorites from across the country. You can submit photos of your favorite places, landmarked or not, on Instagram and Twitter by tagging them with #ThisPlaceMatters!