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Hey all,

I'm looking to have a list of Mid-Century Modern Churches here. I got most of these from "the guide". I'm hoping to write a few of them up on the website if I can get the info and good pics for them. If any of you go to or went to these churches, it would be amazing if you would like to do a write up for it on houstonmod.org.

Temple Emanu El by MacKie and Kamrath, 1500 Sunset

the church Go Atomic brought up over a year ago...

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...?showtopic=4775

First Christian Church - Hamilton Brown, 1959 - 1601 Sunset

Rothko Chapel - Barnstone and Aubrey, 1971 - 1409 Sul Ross

Chapel of St. Basil - Philip Johnson, 1997 - St. Thomas University

St. John the Divine - 2450 River Oaks blvd

St. Michael - Edward Schulte w/ Charles Hightower, 1966 - 1801 Sage

Emerson Unitarian - MacKie & Kamrath, 1974 - 1900 Bering

Memorial Drive Presbyterian - MacKie & Kamrath, 1959 - 11612 Memorial

Faith American Lutheran - Travis Broesche, 1959 - 4600 Bellaire

Congregation Beth Israel Temple - Irving Klein, 1967 - 5600 N. Braeswood

St. Rose - Donald Barthelme, 1948 - 3604 Brinkman

Park Place Baptist - Ben F. Greenwood with E. Gene Hines, 1961 - 4101 Broadway

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Glenbrook United Methodist, 8635 Glen Valley Drive, 77061. I don't know who designed it, but it was built in the mid-50s, and has a dramatic swoopy pointed roof. Scroll to the bottom of the page for an exterior photo, which links to interior shots:

http://www.glenbrookumc.org/

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Also: First Unitarian, 5210 Fannin. Original low-slung flat-roofed sanctuary designed 1952 by Thomas E. Greacen II. "The influence of Eliel Saarinen's Middle Western churches of the 1940s is evident in this understated complex," Stephen Fox wrote in the Guide. Addition, in 1996, by Val Glitsch.

Here's a photo:

http://firstuu.org/html/fc_history.htm

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the baptist seminary on broadway adjacent to sims bayou
I believe that the Baptist Seminary on Broadway and Sims Bayou is the same as Park Place Baptist Church. It's an awesome building with mod covered walkways. Fits in great with the mod houses in Glenbrook Valley and is perfectly placed on the Bayou.
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Everyone should check out Glenbrook United Methodist Church next time your in Glenbrook Valley. It's in the less desirable section of the neighborhood but is worth the drive by. It has small intermittently placed stained glass windows on the external front wall of what appears to be the front altar area of the santuary. The Glenbrook Civic club meets in one of the rooms of the parish hall but I've never been able to sneak away to get a view of the sanctuary. RPS, Stolix, and other Glenbrook mod enthusiasts will need to do that sometime.

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Everyone should check out Glenbrook United Methodist Church next time your in Glenbrook Valley. It's in the less desirable section of the neighborhood but is worth the drive by. It has small intermittently placed stained glass windows on the external front wall of what appears to be the front altar area of the santuary. The Glenbrook Civic club meets in one of the rooms of the parish hall but I've never been able to sneak away to get a view of the sanctuary. RPS, Stolix, and other Glenbrook mod enthusiasts will need to do that sometime.

Isn't St. Basil's Chapel at St. Thomas a Post Mod church?

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Everyone should check out Glenbrook United Methodist Church next time your in Glenbrook Valley. It's in the less desirable section of the neighborhood but is worth the drive by. It has small intermittently placed stained glass windows on the external front wall of what appears to be the front altar area of the santuary. The Glenbrook Civic club meets in one of the rooms of the parish hall but I've never been able to sneak away to get a view of the sanctuary. RPS, Stolix, and other Glenbrook mod enthusiasts will need to do that sometime.

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Thanks all, yeah I started the thread thinking MCM then I took out the guide and just started typing in the ones I liked that were in there.

My hope is that anyone interested in writing up their favorite churches will do so for inclusion on the website (with credit to you of course). I think I'd be happy with any entries so please consider writing one.

As for myself, I'm going to contiunue to focus on the residences for now, but I may pay a church or 2 a visit. It's just getting to the point where it's a little funny how many houses I've written on, but I've neglected the commercial and institutional sections terribly. It just goes to show where my interests are.

That Glenbrook Methodist is mindblowing! What skateboarder came up with that idea?

Jason

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One that I just remembered today, as I drive by it daily: Centro Cristiano at 5621 North Fwy. Unfortunately, there aren't any pictures of the building on their website (although you can get a feel for it with the birdseye view at maps.live.com, but the aerial shots don't give you the full impact that a front elevation would). It was formerly Glenn Rose Baptist Church; I remember attending the wedding of our next-door neighbor's son there close to forty years ago.

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The original, late sixties sanctuary at St. John Vianney, now used as the chapel.  BTW, it has wonderful acoustics.  Their massive new sanctuary, not so much - the priests have to be mic'ed to be heard.

 

 

 

 

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7100 Block of N.Main at E. 31st St.

 

... I watched that circular church at 59 & I-10 for years. It sat there with it's rusty skeletal frame for many years. Was nice to see it finally completed.

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Marty, Beth Yeshurun's original sanctuary that fronts Braeswood is MCM, and it's by Len Gabert, according to Stephen Fox. 

United Orthodox Synagogues on Greenwillow:

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I was going to list Congregation Beth Yeshurun, but it looks like their renovation/new building, while dramatic, is not MCM.

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Holly Hall Retirement Community Chapel is almost certainly a MacKie & Kamrath building, but it doesn't show up on any lists of their drawings. I got to see it on a photoshoot a few years ago when the community was being renovated. 
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https://hollyhall.org/about-us/photo-gallery/

 

Memorial Church of Christ at 900 Echo Lane is probably a Travis Broesche design. This one's days are numbered. I talked to someone in the office that said they're going to tear it down and build a new building. 

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St. Francis Episcopal on Piney Point also looks like a Travis Broesche. When I say it looks like one of Broesche's buildings, I mean its not quite as Wrightian as Kamrath. 

St. Cecilia Catholic Community is a group of Louis Kahn-inspired buildings designed by Charles Tapley (I think; it's in the Guide). 

 

The original Second Baptist Church campus is a very pretty traditional campus built in 1957. It has one sanctuary (now called the Old Sanctuary) and the Hannkamer Chapel. Both have been fully restored and are beautiful. My wife and I were married in the former. 

http://kellyhornberger.com/2012/03/wedding-photography-the-saverys/

 

And this one's for Marty. Rice Chapel by Harvin C. Moore. Restored by Harrison Kornberg, photo by me. 
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St. Phillip Presbyterian Church on San Felipe was designed by Wilson Morris Crain & Anderson. 

 

Emerson Unitarian Church on Bering has or had two MCM buildings, one by CRS from the early 1960's that's been renovated, and the Unity Temple copy main sanctuary my MacKie & Kamrath, but I'm not sure if that one is still there. 

 

Chapelwood Methodist was originally by Hamilton Brown. 

 

Holy Cross Lutheran on Westview & Wirt Rd. 

 

Holy Spirit Episcopal across from Tallowood Baptist looks a bit Kamrathian. 

 

Memorial Lutheran Church and School was originally designed by Todd, Tackett, Lacy, I think. 

 

That's all I can think of for now. 

 

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On November 18, 2007 at 2:05 AM, Subdude said:

The Berachah (sp) church on West Alabama and Sage is a nice one.

Some of these I wouldn't really consider MCM. Maybe the category is just "modern"?

 

I've been wondering for years.  It's Wirtz, Calhoun, Tungate, and Jackson from about 1959/60.

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On November 18, 2007 at 5:06 PM, Toulouse said:

Everyone should check out Glenbrook United Methodist Church next time your in Glenbrook Valley. It's in the less desirable section of the neighborhood but is worth the drive by. It has small intermittently placed stained glass windows on the external front wall of what appears to be the front altar area of the santuary. The Glenbrook Civic club meets in one of the rooms of the parish hall but I've never been able to sneak away to get a view of the sanctuary. RPS, Stolix, and other Glenbrook mod enthusiasts will need to do that sometime.

 

C. Marley Green, 1958/59.

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