Mid Century Modern Church for Sale

February 21, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

Full disclosure, our firm was involved in moving St. Boniface to a new facility, leaving a Mid Century Modern church vacant and ready for a new use. The congregation built a distinctive stone edifice in 1960 close to the active creek that runs along the edge of the unincorporated town of Comfort, Texas. That creek is the reason for the church’s relocation in 2006. On two separate occasions, major ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Church Adaptive Reuse

Church Adaptive Reuse Accommodates both Choir and Worship

February 15, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

In the 1980’s, the exterior of Christus Church in Hanover was preserved as a significant Neo-Gothic historic landmark. But the interior remained in a deteriorated state. The congregation on its own was unable to afford the major upgrades needed to maintain the soaring 19th Century nave. So local officials stepped in to assist. Solving two problems at once, Hanover leaders arranged to renovate the ... Read More

Worship Space / Adaptive Re-use / Historic Preservation / Church Adaptive Reuse

Modernist Landmark Church Demolished

February 11, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

A Canadian settlement north of Quebec City has given up its landmark modern church. But the old building didn’t come down easily. According to a local news station, several cables snapped and crews spent several days trying to bring the massive concrete building down.   Photograph from Le Journal de Quebec, ROGER GAGNON The Notre-Dame-de-Fatima Church dates from 1962 - 1963. It was designed by ... Read More

Mid-Century Modern / Church Demolition

First Christian Church a Dramatic Small Town Presence

February 06, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

There may be some connection between the origin of a group and the way they present themselves in later years. That seems a logical explanation for the delightful church near the center of Smithville. More than a century after its design, this building continues to be one of the more dramatic structures in the area. So it was no surprise to learn this congregation met in the local Opera House in ... Read More

Worship Space / Sacred Architecture / Historic Preservation

Mar’s Hill Church and the Original Soul Invaders

February 01, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

It’s been shocking to learn how little I knew about the incredible diversity of faith communities in and around my old hometown of Fayetteville, Texas. Back then, as I’ve blogged before, I only knew two congregations, and both of them were Catholic. Today, traveling on Hwy 159 East of Fayetteville, I pulled over to see a worship space that I’d never seen before. What I discovered is a landmark ... Read More

Worship Space / Historic Preservation

Islamic Center in Texas Burns

January 29, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

Sometime in the early hours Saturday morning, a fire started in the only mosque in Victoria, Texas. A clerk from a nearby convenience store noticed the flames and called the fire department. By the time they arrived, shortly after 2 a.m., the building was already engulfed in flames. As dawn approached, the flames were extinguished, but the mosque was completely destroyed.   Firefighters battle ... Read More

Worship Space / Sacred Architecture / Church Demolition

Religious Beliefs and Extraterrestrials

January 26, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

A simple question has accompanied the heightened interest in the possibility of life on other planets. Would the discovery of extraterrestrial life fundamentally challenge established religions and their theological foundations? In other words, would the existence outer space aliens trash the earth’s beliefs? All this speculation may seem far-fetched, but over one-third of American adults believe ... Read More

Religious

A New Korean Church De-Emphasizes Religion

January 22, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

A feature in Architectural Record about a new church in Korea offers a unique perspective on one major trend in church construction. Built by the Presbyterian Church of Korea, the program called for more of a community landmark than a church edifice. It’s located on a tight site in an established area of residential towers. The distinctive design uses seven stories of enclosed space, a meandering ... Read More

Worship Space / Sacred Architecture

End of the Line for Harlem Church

January 18, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

The structure on 125th Street dates from 1927, and back then it was a movie theater. Nearly 50 years later, the LaGree Baptist Church moved in. An established congregation, LaGree had been in other neighborhood locations over a number of years. The old theater was readily adapted with theater seats replacing pews and the stage area converted to a pulpit area. The adaptive reuse served the church ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / New York City / Church Demolition

Wedding Flowers An Ancient Tradition

January 16, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

It started with symbolism and smells. Some of the earliest references to the wedding bouquet come from ancient Greece and Rome where brides and grooms were draped in garlands. That’s the same way that victorious Olympians were celebrated. Wedding garlands were worn as symbols of fertility and good luck.   Other cultures contribute their own traditions. Wearing aromatic herbs was thought to be a ... Read More

Sacred Symbols