February 04, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

Our neighbor in south Austin is an established church with an active school. Today, I took a closer look at the church building. This could be called a mid-century modern design, though the building itself may date from sometime in the mid 1960’s to the 1970’s.

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The form is typical of the starter church buildings from that era. A simple, low-pitch gable forms the main church. A pre-fabricated steeple is set on top of the roof. A smaller wing is attached at the back. Where the two forms meet is the entry door.

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The forms are quite simple and at first glance there doesn’t appear to be very much that makes it architecturally distinctive. Looking closer, the careful detailing that makes up the front elevation are revealing. The roof framing overhangs the front gable creating a forward pointing prow. A center section stands in front of the adjacent wall. Side windows fill the gap between in order to direct natural light against the center of the main interior wall.

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Sacred Architecture/ Church Design & Construction/ Austin