MCM Religious Architecture

TRAVEL TIPS, road trip journey queries, motels, coffee shops, drive-ins, bowling alleys, dinner houses, gas stations, giant objects, signs, theme parks, Disneyland, and roadside sites to see along the way

Moderators: I_LUV_POWER!!!!, Joe, Adriene, moderns-r-us, Tony, Futura Girl, sean, nichols, Java

User avatar
SDR
Lotta Living FANatic
Posts: 4783
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:11 pm
Location: San Francisco

Postby SDR » Sun Jul 23, 2006 5:09 pm

That's a beautiful little building. You enter through handsome wooden doors into the cathedral-glass hallway; the rough-textured brick cylinder (perhaps a nod to Aalto's nearby Harvard student housing block ?) stands in a moat, and the reflections of light on water are seen inside. Simple rush-seated chairs take the place of pews. All is richly-textured masonry and hushed and magical light. . .
"I laugh in the face of danger! Then I hide until it goes away." Bender

sdmod
Modern Master
Posts: 313
Joined: Fri Apr 04, 2003 3:23 pm
Location: san diego
Contact:

Postby sdmod » Sun Jul 23, 2006 5:17 pm

Glad to see James Hubbell's Sea Ranch Chapel getting some recognition on this board. He is one of San Diego's gems; nobody does organic quite like Hubbell.

After visiting Hubbell’s home and studio a third grader was asked to write about his field trip; the boy then said "Mr. Hubbell designs homes that trees are not embarrassed to grow next to". :wink:

User avatar
SDR
Lotta Living FANatic
Posts: 4783
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:11 pm
Location: San Francisco

Postby SDR » Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:56 pm

Dwell and Metropolis both have articles currently about the collection of modern architecture in Columbus, including the senior and junior Saarinen's churches. . .

SDR
"I laugh in the face of danger! Then I hide until it goes away." Bender

User avatar
roxy500
Modern Master
Posts: 400
Joined: Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:33 pm
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby roxy500 » Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:23 am

This is a great thread! THat Bertoia sculpture is beautiful.

Here's a Catholic Church around the corner from us. This isn't the most MCM angle, but the spire thing is quite impressive.

Image

User avatar
Kimba
Modern Master
Posts: 308
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:19 pm
Location: near Eugene, Oregon

Postby Kimba » Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:05 pm

I love that spire! It's similar to the one that I saw while surfing the net. Those bells are sooooooooooo kewl!
"This world has nothing for me, and this world has everything. All that I could want, and nothing that I need."

User avatar
Miguel
Special Secret Modern Agent
Posts: 753
Joined: Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:52 pm
Location: Fresno, CA

Postby Miguel » Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:16 am

A few more in Fresno:

Hope Lutheran:
Image

St. Paul Newman (!) Catholic Center - this one is about 1-2 blocks from my house:
Image

Image

College Church of Christ (Evangelical) - nice buildings, but need to find better pictures:
Image

daybreaker
Modern Socialite
Posts: 70
Joined: Thu Dec 11, 2003 7:12 pm
Location: Montecito Heights - Los Angeles

Dome in Scottsdale

Postby daybreaker » Tue Jul 25, 2006 11:54 am

Great topic.

Here are some pics of a nice church I randomly found on a recent trip to Scottsdale, AZ.

Los Arcos United Methodist Church
7425 E. Culver St.
Scottsdale, AZ. 85257

Image

Image

mark71665
Modern Master
Posts: 137
Joined: Sat Aug 13, 2005 12:06 am
Location: sioux falls

Ralph Vaughan Willams

Postby mark71665 » Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:46 am

The 20th Century choral works of Ralph Vaughan Williams fit in beautifully with the 'Ecclesiastical Modern' architectural style. The acoustics in these church structures can be remarkable! :d: :d: :d: http://www.rvwsociety.com/soundsmps/choralsounds.html

p.s. I'm also a big John Rutter (Cambridge Singers) fan!

mark71665
Modern Master
Posts: 137
Joined: Sat Aug 13, 2005 12:06 am
Location: sioux falls

stained glass

Postby mark71665 » Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:20 am

http://www.stlukesepiscopal.org/windows.html Check out the stained glass windows in this Minnesota church!

User avatar
sky
Space Cadet (over 2001 posts)
Posts: 2222
Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2004 3:36 pm
Location: The Bachelor Pad and Ladies Lounge
Contact:

Postby sky » Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:46 am

Maybe Mark's original post implied American. Otherwise, I can't imagine how we left off Corbu's Notre Dame Du Haut.

I only have a cheesy photo, but there are certainly many good ones online.

User avatar
moderns-r-us
Lotta Living Host
Lotta Living Host
Posts: 1836
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2004 6:16 pm
Location: Kansas City

Postby moderns-r-us » Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:58 am

Oh..... European Churches.....Well......

Church of the Three Crosses, Imatra, Finland by Alvar Aalto


Image

Image

Image

Image

User avatar
sky
Space Cadet (over 2001 posts)
Posts: 2222
Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2004 3:36 pm
Location: The Bachelor Pad and Ladies Lounge
Contact:

Postby sky » Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:37 am

Very nice, MRU.

I posted La Sagrada Familia above, so the door was already open. What happened was I was writing the TEGWAR thread, and posting the Ronchamp church Ace, when it occurred to me that we missed it.

Speaking of Gaudi - shouldn't he be in the "Who was First" discussion. (I suppose I should post that there, but I didn't want to spam that thread too - I am after all just a novice about real MCM. My inclination to post there was to point out that What was second, and I Don't Know was third.)

User avatar
moderns-r-us
Lotta Living Host
Lotta Living Host
Posts: 1836
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2004 6:16 pm
Location: Kansas City

Postby moderns-r-us » Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:02 am

I have not been to this one, but I think that they must have a monument that says "take your picture here using a 50mm lense."

The cheesy image:

Image

Image

Image

Image

User avatar
moderns-r-us
Lotta Living Host
Lotta Living Host
Posts: 1836
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2004 6:16 pm
Location: Kansas City

Postby moderns-r-us » Wed Aug 23, 2006 6:57 pm

Church
Overland Park, Kansas
75th Street
Architect: Unknown


Image


http://www.flickr.com/photos/41324513@N00/223368203/
"Better Living Through Modernism"

User avatar
sky
Space Cadet (over 2001 posts)
Posts: 2222
Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2004 3:36 pm
Location: The Bachelor Pad and Ladies Lounge
Contact:

Postby sky » Thu Oct 05, 2006 7:25 am

The current Fotki photo contest theme is architecture. There were only a few MCM buildings, but you might want to check it out anyway. ( http://contests.fotki.com/contests/78/ ) I remember seeing Matt Deckard enter a contest there many moons ago. Does anyone else on LL use this service?

Anyway, I'm posting on this thread because one of the entries was FLW's Beth Sholom Synagogue: http://contests.fotki.com/contests/78/10727.html (The embedded photos were too big for here.)

( http://www.bethsholomcongregation.org/ ) You know, I think it's a little too much, but it is interesting and who am I to criticize FLW?

There was also this - not religious, I think, but a nice photo by a friend, and I think very cool to get an FLW design 50 years after he died: http://contests.fotki.com/contests/78/10729.html

User avatar
SDR
Lotta Living FANatic
Posts: 4783
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:11 pm
Location: San Francisco

Postby SDR » Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:14 pm

The "new" spire by Wright (?) is wonderful. . .and I agree with doubts about Beth Shalom, unfortunately -- one his odder products. Somewhere I've seen a photo of it next to a picture of an ancient coin with a surprisingly similar building or monument on it. Might have been in Vincent Scully, but I can't find it. That roof-ridge shot is neato. . .

SDR
"I laugh in the face of danger! Then I hide until it goes away." Bender

User avatar
roadsidepictures
Special Secret Modern Agent
Posts: 684
Joined: Fri Jun 25, 2004 11:21 pm
Location: Nampa, Idaho
Contact:

Postby roadsidepictures » Sat Oct 07, 2006 4:39 pm

Latter Day Saints Church in Henderson, Nevada...

Image

mark71665
Modern Master
Posts: 137
Joined: Sat Aug 13, 2005 12:06 am
Location: sioux falls

Christ Church-Los Altos, CA

Postby mark71665 » Sat Oct 07, 2006 7:12 pm

http://ccla.us/tour2/sanctuar.htm BEAUTIFUL Stained Glass!

ChrisLAXEncounter
Modern Master
Posts: 474
Joined: Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:41 pm
Location: Village Green, A National Historic Landmark

Postby ChrisLAXEncounter » Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:54 pm

Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas (on Las Vegas Blvd) designed by Paul Williams.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterl/174328004/

User avatar
SDR
Lotta Living FANatic
Posts: 4783
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:11 pm
Location: San Francisco

Postby SDR » Sun Oct 08, 2006 7:56 am

I tried to find the "whale church," built in eastern Connecticut in the early sixties (I believe),
but there's not one reference to it on the web, apparently. . .

Designed by a well-known office, but not taken seriously in the last century -- it fits in now with the "new" Blob Architecture
movement !

Anybody know this one ?

SDR
"I laugh in the face of danger! Then I hide until it goes away." Bender

Jet-Propelled Wendy
Modern Groupie
Posts: 5
Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:16 am
Location: Swanky Las Vegas
Contact:

Postby Jet-Propelled Wendy » Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:41 pm

Image

Our Lady of Charity - Miami, FL
I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

User avatar
SDR
Lotta Living FANatic
Posts: 4783
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:11 pm
Location: San Francisco

Postby SDR » Mon Oct 09, 2006 5:46 pm

Dottie, there are things about me you wouldn't know. . .things you *couldn't* know. . .things you SHOULDN'T know. . .!
"I laugh in the face of danger! Then I hide until it goes away." Bender

mark71665
Modern Master
Posts: 137
Joined: Sat Aug 13, 2005 12:06 am
Location: sioux falls

Queen of Peace Parish-Madison, WI

Postby mark71665 » Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:05 am

http://www.qopc.org/Parish%20Profile/profile.htm This church has an almost futuristic-looking sanctuary. (Scroll down the page to see color photos.) Cool stained glass!

User avatar
roadsidepictures
Special Secret Modern Agent
Posts: 684
Joined: Fri Jun 25, 2004 11:21 pm
Location: Nampa, Idaho
Contact:

Postby roadsidepictures » Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:33 pm

Here's a picture I shot of the Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas...

Image

User avatar
moderns-r-us
Lotta Living Host
Lotta Living Host
Posts: 1836
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2004 6:16 pm
Location: Kansas City

Postby moderns-r-us » Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:33 am

Community Christian Church,
by Frank Lloyd Wright
4601 Main, Kansas City, Missouri, Country Club Plaza

Image

http://www.kcmodern.com/communitychristian.html

www.KCMODERN.com
Last edited by moderns-r-us on Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.
"Better Living Through Modernism"

Jet-Propelled Wendy
Modern Groupie
Posts: 5
Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:16 am
Location: Swanky Las Vegas
Contact:

FLW Church in KC

Postby Jet-Propelled Wendy » Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:48 pm

Seriously....that picture doesn't do that building justice. I made it a point to drive by there every once in a while when I was living in KC.
I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

User avatar
retrOKC
Modern Socialite
Posts: 44
Joined: Sun Jan 16, 2005 10:37 am
Location: Oklahoma City
Contact:

Postby retrOKC » Fri Nov 24, 2006 4:27 pm

Image

Sacramento, California.

And in Fostoria, Ohio.

Image
Mike

Action movie fans, we need your help!

User avatar
tikibars
Modern Groupie
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Oct 15, 2002 2:01 pm
Location: Chicago
Contact:

Re: La Sagrada Familia-Barcelona, Spain

Postby tikibars » Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:45 pm

[quote="mark71665"] I'd love to visit La Sagrada Familia. It looks fascinating to me! [/quote]

Astounding from the outside.

One side is Gothic, and one side is Modernist (in Spain, "Modernist" is late 19th century!).

It is completely amazing.

DEFINITELY go look at it if you are in Barcelona.

Inside is a total rip-off, don't pay, don't go it, it is just a construction site with nothing to see at all. To climb the tower to get a city view, you have to pay a second time (they don't tell you that outside).

My Barcelona trip - in loads of detail, with lots of pics of buildings, is in the "writings and travelogues" section of my web site.
.
-James T.
www.tydirium.net:
Tik i Road Trip, Big Stone Head, Left Orbit Temple

Drink with us at www.cocktailsnob.com

User avatar
tikibars
Modern Groupie
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Oct 15, 2002 2:01 pm
Location: Chicago
Contact:

Postby tikibars » Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:47 pm

There is an amazing Mondrian-inspired church in Kewanee, IL, near the Aku Tiki Room restaurant (near the Illinois / Iowa border).

Lemme see if I can dig up a pic...
.

-James T.

www.tydirium.net:

Tik i Road Trip, Big Stone Head, Left Orbit Temple



Drink with us at www.cocktailsnob.com

ChrisLAXEncounter
Modern Master
Posts: 474
Joined: Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:41 pm
Location: Village Green, A National Historic Landmark

Postby ChrisLAXEncounter » Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:18 pm

Jet-Propelled Wendy wrote:Image

Our Lady of Charity - Miami, FL


Incredible space age church.

Nice post.


Return to “Roadside Rambling”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests