04 10 Divine Mid Century Modern Churches POSTED BY katherine mcbride COMMENTS Out of the same post-war optimism that produced a wealth of superb modernist residential architecture in America during the 1950s & 1960s, came an innovative approach to ecclesiastical design from some of the best know architects of the twentieth century. Transformative new thoughts in the design of religious institutions were taking shape around the county that were aligned with the same forward thinking that gave birth to some of the most notable architectural design of the last one hundred years. Mid-century modern churches represent a break from the traditional design of places of worship to reflect a changing American society that was ready for a shift in the way they lived, gathered, and worshiped. There are plenty of spectacular illustrations of modernist churches around the US that came out of this progressive era that continue to be of architectural and historical significance today. North Christian Church Columbus, IN Architect: Eero Saarinen 1964 Source: Wikipedia First Christian Church Phoenix, AZ Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1949 Built 1973 (Permission obtained from Wright’s widow) Source: Wikipedia St. Peters Church Edina, MN Architect: Ralph Rapson 1959 Source: Wikipedia Wayfarers Chapel Rancho Palos Verde, CA Architect: Lloyd Wright (son of Frank Lloyd Wright) 1950 Source: Southbaycities.com First Christian Church of Oklahoma City Oklahoma City, OK Architect: R. Duane Conner 1956 Source: Roadarch.com University Unitarian Church Seattle, WA Architect: Paul Hayden Kirk 1960 Source: Wikipedia Guardian Angel Cathedral Las Vegas, NV Architect: Paul Williams 1963Source: lameekly.tumblr.com Chapel of the Holy Cross Sedona, AZ Architects: Anshen & Allen. T 1956 Source: Sedonahikingtrails.com The Abbey of St. Mary and St. Louis St. Louis, MI 1955 Source: Wikipedia St. Matthew’s Catholic Church Zilwaukee, MI Architects: Morris and Wesolek 1967 Source: Wikipedia For a more in depth look at the Modernist Movement’s impact on religious architecture in Post-War America, check out the book ‘The Suburban Church’ by Gretchen Buggeln. Via UPRESS: Gretchen Buggeln shows how architects and suburban congregations joined forces to work out a vision of how modernist churches might reinvigorate Protestant worship and community. The result is a fascinating new perspective on postwar architecture, religion, and society. Related PostsOne-of-a-Kind Mid Century Modern Home Hits the Market in Carefree, AZThanking William Krisel, one of the founders of ModernityNew on the Market – Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice’s Home in Seward ParkTouring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconic FallingwaterShowcase: The Glass House This entry was posted in Architects and Designers, Mid-Century Modern and tagged churcharchitecture, eerosaarinen, franklloydwright, midcenturychurch, midcenturyinstitutional, midcenturymodernchurch, modernchurches, paulhaydenkirk. Bookmark the permalink.