Monday, January 30, 2012
New Vintage Modern Religious Architecture Feature. Status: Makes Ya Think.
Have you ever noticed that some of the wildest, most adventurous, least conservative architecture of the 1960's was religious in nature? My particular neighborhood is rife with very liberal looking houses of God. I'm starting with the King's Crown of Mod Religious Architecture here in St. Louis. The Catholic Center building on Lindell Blvd.
Of course I love this building. It seriously smacks of the Supreme Court building and much of
the other architecture of Brasilia Brazil, and much of the furnishings of our home!
We were over at the Girlfriend's Mom's house for brunch this afternoon and this building is just
across the street. It was such a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I had the camera with me so I
decided to shoot some pics of the building...before the Archdiocese decides to tear it down
too, as it did to an amazing building just up the street.
But I digress. I can't really complain. I didn't go out and picket or anything. I didn't even
know that it was coming down or pay too much attention to that particular building until after
it was gone. Ain't that just how it goes? We can't hardly appreciate anything good until it's
gone. I get the feeling this is safe though. Looks like it's in continuous use.
It's just so incongruous next to the cathedral! What happened in the '60s? Seriously!
Churches were just sorta run of the mill Gothic looking buildings until the 1960's, right? And
don't get me wrong...Mr. Modtomic loves him some Gothic cathedrals with all their flying
buttresses and amazing dark ages engineering.
Nice vintage mod artwork and other details don't ya think? That giant inlaid mural just inside
the front door reminds me of the decoration on the Metlox Freeform dinnerware. Even the
door pulls are amazing.
The building has been here on Lindell since 1961. It's getting a little grey around the temples.
Looks like the surrounding patio could use a good tuckpointing. I apologize for the midwinter
photo shoot. I really wish all the plantings were blooming instead of dry and dead. Please
check out this B.E.L.T. blog posting for more pictures and more info about the building as well
as many more modern building keeping it company all along Lindell Blvd. I'll be tossing in a
post here and there featuring some of the super mod churches around here as I get around to
shooting them. Maybe I'll get lucky and be able to get some interior shots as well...you know,
to better showcase the stained glass!