January 17, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

Call it Mid-Century Modern, but the architects designing churches in the post war era would have said they were striving to make the traditional church modern.  I find churches from this time facinating.  Many designers were asking the fundamental quesion:  What makes a church?  

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Of course, there is no formula, no recipe for creating a special place for worship. A few of the ingredients include the arrangement of the space, the use of materials, the proportions of the architectural elements, the use of natural light. When I visited First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach, California, several years ago, I was struck by how effectively this simple design shaped a compelling worshipful environment.Mid-Century_Modern_1st_Pres_Long_Beach_Interior.jpg

Holy Place/ Sacred Architecture