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MCM Religious Architecture

Postby mark71665 » Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:20 am

http://blackhillsbenedictine.com/ Across the country, every city, town or burg seems to have at least one mid-century modern piece of architecture in the form of a church, synagogue, etc. Frank Lloyd Wright's UU Church in Illinois and Neutra's Garden Grove, CA (pre-Crystal Cathedral) drive-in chapel, and the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel are famous examples. Regardless of our creed, I think we all can appreciate the artistry that went into the design of the 1950's era sacred space.

This could be a fun and visually striking forum: a showcase of MCM stained glass, sanctuaries, etc. Let's see what people send in! :)

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Postby ch » Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:34 am

Great idea!

In my book, the Unitarians got everyone else beat hands down. In every city I have lived in there has always been a great, modern church building,
usually by a noted modernist.

Here are the first three that come to my mind:

Hartford, CT by Victor Lundy
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Jacksonville, FL by William Morgan
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Albuquerque, NM by Unknown but with a great mural by Alexander Girard
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and of couse, this one by the master, Frank Lloyd Wright
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Blue Cloud Abbey, Marvin, SD

Postby mark71665 » Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:51 pm

http://www.bluecloud.org/aerial%20view.jpg This MCM abbey is situated out in the middle of the cornfields. Some happenin' monks, I reckon! 8) http://www.bluecloud.org/church.jpg

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St. Stephens Church, Belvidere, CA

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Postby Futura Girl » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:27 am

i wish i had pix... but i will at least post info.

in my experience in southern california - it's those lutherans who seem to have the most MidMod churchs, although the Catholics did one of my favorite "Medieval Modernism" look at Saint Cyril's in Encino.

there is a Lutheran Church in Northridge area on the north side Roscoe Blvd. east of Reseda Blvd. that Troy Aloha affectionately nicknamed First Church of Elroy Jetson!

the San Fernando Valley is chock full of great examples of non-secular architecture. A. Quincy Jones (of Eichler fame) did a couple of fabby MidMod churchs there.
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Postby scowsa » Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:40 am

More "M" than MCM but Sedona's Church of the Holy Cross is one amazing building, with the advantage of its stunning setting.
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Postby scowsa » Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:50 am

On a cross-country road trip a couple of years back we visited Racine, to see the FLW Johnson Wax Factory.

Down the road from our hotel was an amazing "flying saucer" church which we later researched and discovered the architect was Helmut Ajango, who have done several churches.

Check out his work at
http://www.helmutajango.com/churches.html

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Postby moderns-r-us » Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:10 am

scowsa wrote:More "M" than MCM but Sedona's Church of the Holy Cross is one amazing building, with the advantage of its stunning setting.
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Isn't this an Anshen and Allen design?

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Postby moderns-r-us » Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:11 am

This is a timely topic for me. Thanks for starting it Mark! I am currently researching the Modern Churches in Kansas City for a new gallery category at our website
www.kcmodern.com .

The obvious one here is Frank Lloyd Wright's Community Christian Church.

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http://www.community-christian.org/flwright.htm

Also of interest is the recent completion of Wright' concept for the Steeple of Light at the Community Christian Church

http://www.community-christian.org/steeple_history.htm
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Postby scowsa » Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:40 am

Sedona's Church of the Holy Cross -- Isn't this an Anshen and Allen design?

The displayed info gives its sponsor -- Marguerite Brunswig Staude -- credit for the design, which was bulit in '56. Apparently she was an artist who then studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. There is a plaque of her own words and I particularly enjoyed how she explains (my paraphrase) that she felt that that there was no reason that churches need not be contemporay given these were contemporary times.

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Postby johnnyapollo » Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:43 am

MCM churches have always caught my eye - there are many in the south for some reason (I think they rarely get torn down, just added to, so the original structures usually are still standing). I'll look through my images tonight and add to the pic pool.

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Postby sdmod » Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:45 am

moderns-r-us wrote:
scowsa wrote:More "M" than MCM but Sedona's Church of the Holy Cross is one amazing building, with the advantage of its stunning setting.
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Isn't this an Anshen and Allen design?



Yes it is and that makes it MCM as well as M

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Contemporary Synagogue Architecture

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Postby sky » Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:02 am

Not space-age modern, but certainly no less spectacular - La Sagrada Familia, by Gaudi. Something to a-spire to:
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La Sagrada Familia-Barcelona, Spain

Postby mark71665 » Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:43 pm

La Sagrada Familia! Thank You for that last entry. I'm sure Gaudi's influence can be traced down through time to include MCM design, among other things. That would be another interesting and WIDE AREA of study...the interconnection between Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Abstract, Eastern/Oriental, Im/Expressionism, Folk Art, etc. Someday, I'd love to visit La Sagrada Familia. It looks fascinating to me! Here's Wikipedia's account: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagrada_Fam%C3%ADlia

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FLW church Kansas City

Postby kcbearpr » Fri Jul 14, 2006 7:05 am

Moderns-R-Us, I was getting ready to post that church in KC, MO. Thanks for it. In your research did you find that FLW designed the church, fought w/the city and washed his hands of it because they didn't approve (I believe) of the parking structure) which unfortunately was not built under it. And I am glad that they finally gathered the money to finish the installation for the Steeple of Light!

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Re: FLW church Kansas City

Postby moderns-r-us » Sat Jul 15, 2006 7:20 pm

kcbearpr wrote:Moderns-R-Us, I was getting ready to post that church in KC, MO. Thanks for it. In your research did you find that FLW designed the church, fought w/the city and washed his hands of it because they didn't approve (I believe) of the parking structure) which unfortunately was not built under it. And I am glad that they finally gathered the money to finish the installation for the Steeple of Light!


That is pretty much the story that i have read in many books on Wright. Also there was somthing with the concrete and Pendagrast that alienated Wright.

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Postby MCMDSM » Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:13 am

The Unitarians know what's up!

This church was designed by Amos Emory in Des Moines in 1957. Emory is an importnat MCM architect in Des Moines and he donated the ground for the church in memory of his father, a long time member. The chuch has a great website and is planning a significant renovation of the existing structure. Imagehttp://www.ucdsm.org/buildinggrounds.php

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Postby bitzala » Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:04 pm

The Sea Ranch Chapel is another interesting, quasi-religious site-- very modern (built in the 1980s), but also part of a community with roots that go back to the mid-century.
http://www.thesearanchchapel.org/

Sea Ranch is a development of very cool, mostly modern homes along the Mendocino coastline... with modern condos dating back to the mid-60s.
http://www.greatbuildings.com/cgi-bin/g ... 151045.gbi
http://mocoloco.com/sanfrancisco/archives/000463.php

Sea Ranch was also home to Eugene Weston III in his early retirement.

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Postby moderns-r-us » Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:09 pm

Awesome Sea Ranch Chapel. Very Organic!

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Postby moderns-r-us » Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:14 pm

Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas by Fay Jones.

http://www.thorncrown.com/

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The cousin to Thorncrown Chapel is Fay Jones' Chapel at Powell Gardens East of Kansas City, MO.

http://www.powellgardens.org/default.asp?page=Chapel

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Postby bitzala » Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:54 pm

MRU-- thanks for posting the Sea Ranch picture. You are so right-- very organic. When you're there in person, it feels fish-like. The shingles look like scales to me.

Love the Thorncrown Chapel, btw.

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Postby Miguel » Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:20 am

Some of the Great churches in Fresno:

St Anthony de Padua Catholic (it had to be austere...):
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Lutheran (not methodist, as I initially thought)

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.... to me the most beautiful Fay Jones church (more curved lines than the others shown above) also in a gorgeous setting is Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista:

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[I took a bunch of pics when visiting it, but can't find'em]
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Postby Dustyman73 » Sat Jul 22, 2006 2:54 pm

I was just thinking about snapping and posting a pic of that Methodist Church over on Fruit Ave, but you beat me to it. That's a cool one.

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Postby Miguel » Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:05 pm

Hey, Dusty.

As you know there's plenty more around our area... so many and so cool, it's impossible to show them all here. I need to take a bunch of pictures of the wide variety of modernist religious architecture in the central valley. Here are some additional examples (these are in Tulare and Visalia):

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St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Tulare
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Postby Kimba » Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:28 pm

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St. Stephens in Washington DC (found while surfing!) I love the bells in the steeple :-)
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Postby Kimba » Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:32 pm

Oh ~ and here's the inside of St. Stephen's. Remarkable!

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Our Lady of the Supermarket, MCM Church

Postby davidk6 » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:02 am

In the mid 1960s I regularly rode my Vespa from the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA to the Brandeis campus in Waltham, MA, to visit friends.

On the way -- don't recall the routse, but it was all small surface streets -- I padded a church that I referred to as "Our Lady of the Supermarket" because it had a huge, sweeping, space age (Googie-ish) glass front.

Can anyone figure out which church this is? Anyone have access to any photos?

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Postby moderns-r-us » Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:47 pm

Eliel Saarinen's First Chistian Church in Columbus Indiana


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http://www.architecture.uwaterloo.ca/fa ... stian.html

http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/cols ... lsaar.html

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North Christian Church by Eero Saarinen in Columbus Indiana
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http://www.architecture.uwaterloo.ca/fa ... stian.html

http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/cols ... nxian.html

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Postby moderns-r-us » Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:39 pm

MIT Chapel
Building W15
77 Massachusetts Avenue (entrance at 44 Massachusetts Avenue)
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Eero Saarinen 1955


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Altar Scupture by Harry Bertoia

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