Christ Church Lutheran Church

Eliel Saarinen
1949




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National Register of Historic Places, June 20, 2001

This church, included in the American Institute of Architects’ collection of 31 “buildings that changed modern life,” is a relatively simple design completed in the last year of the Finnish architect's life. The church interior is famous for its acoustic qualities; the 600-seat church provides clear sound throughout the space. Saarinen eliminated parallel surfaces in the interior because sound waves reverberate back and forth between them.
 

Views of the front

 

Views of the front

 

Details of the front

 

Simple exterior

The planar surfaces of the exterior are decorated with these modern "gargoyles."
 

The side entrance

 

The inner courtyard

 

Views of the side

 

Views of the side

 

The Education wing by Eero Saarinen, 1962


See also First Christian Church, 1942, Columbus, Indiana by Eliel Saarinen.


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