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The Sacred and the Suburban: Atmospherics, numinosity and 1930s interiors in Ealing, London

Gilbert, D; Cuch, L; Dwyer, C; Ahmed, N; (2015) The Sacred and the Suburban: Atmospherics, numinosity and 1930s interiors in Ealing, London. Interiors , 6 (3) pp. 211-234. 10.1080/20419112.2015.1125616. Green open access

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Abstract

Near each other in Ealing, London, and both dating from the 1930s, the Ealing Christian Centre (ECC) and the Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle show contrasting relationships between interior design and Christian faith. Architect Edward Maufe’s St Thomas’s was a purposeful quest to create numinous sacred space in suburbia. The ECC, a branch of the Elim Pentecostal Church, took over the old Avenue Cinema, one of the finest British examples of the ‘atmospheric’ style. At the ECC, the distinctiveness and theatricality of the building makes an important contribution to the nature of collective worship, but the Church resists on theological grounds any suggestions that the space itself has sacred qualities.

Type: Article
Title: The Sacred and the Suburban: Atmospherics, numinosity and 1930s interiors in Ealing, London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/20419112.2015.1125616
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/20419112.2015.1125616
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Interiors on 26 April 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/20419112.2015.1125616
Keywords: Sacred space, suburbs, theology, atmospheric cinemas, numinous space, 1930s architecture, London
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1522080
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