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An anchor in largely African-American North Central Philadelphia, the George W. South Memorial Church of the Advocate is a landmark in the religious, social and architectural history of the United States. Built as a memorial to the merchant and civic leader George W. South, the church was the centerpiece of a sprawling complex including a chapel, parish house, curacy and rectory. Intended for service as the Episcopal Cathedral of Philadelphia, The Church of the Advocate is considered one of the best American examples of Gothic Revival style and the only major building of its period based systematically on French sources.

No other church in America has been built in such a grand scale specifically for the working class. Also, none offers such a comprehensive repertoire of the Gothic Revival architecture: complete programs of lavish architectural sculpture; stained glass windows by Clayton & Bell, one of the leading English firms of the period; a full apparatus of flying b ...

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