Caldwell Brethren - Traditional Church With A Hint Of Mid-Century Modern

August 27, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

The town of Caldwell, Texas isn’t very large. Since I drive through Caldwell any time I’m going to the A&M campus in College Station, I feel I know the town. Like many rural communities there are recognizably distinct areas. You’ll find commercial businesses along the main highways as they intersect near the center of town. There’s a historic courthouse square, with the county courthouse ... Read More

modern architecture / Historic Preservation / Worship Space

Inside a Bank a Church Hides in Plain Sight

June 06, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

It would be easy to miss the subtle cues from the outside of Northstar Bank in Westlake Hills. I missed them completely. But, the covered portico does seem oversized simply to accommodate banking customers. A glance up at the window would have revealed what looks a lot like stained glass. And the enclosed garden with a stone fountain seems like a great place to be quiet and meditate.   Once I ... Read More

Austin / modern architecture

A Pretty Cool Tower - Is It a Steeple?

April 25, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

I’ve noted in past blogposts my reactions to seeing mega towers built by church congregations that want to be noticed from a very long distance. We like to do big things in Texas! Driving along I-35 north of San Antonio, I’ve been noticing this distinctive structure and always assumed it had something to do with a church.   Today, I went to check out the place. I didn’t look at Google Maps for ... Read More

modern architecture

Mid Century Modern Art Glass Needs Help

March 01, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Southeast Austin was recently vandalized. The perpetrators didn’t get inside or run off with anything, but what they damaged took a heavy toll. The beloved art glass that was designed with the original building had been hit by what looked like bullets from a pellet gun. One panel is shattered, another is cracked beyond repair. We’ve been helping the congregation ... Read More

Austin / modern architecture / Stained Glass

Church Castoffs Make the NYC Club Scene

February 10, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

One of the hottest new dance clubs in Manhattan is based on - guess what? Worship spaces! The Flash Factory is the brainchild of Michael Satsky, an empresario who tops the city’s club scene. He created a 10,000 square foot interior entirely from castoff building elements. Gothem quotes Satsky in an interview months before the opening: “They’re pieces taken from temples, churches, schools—any ... Read More

modern architecture