Road Trip: Christ Church Lutheran

April 11th, 2009

In honor of the Christian holiday, I’ve chosen a worship space as the next must-see midcentury modern site in the Twin Cities.

Christ Church Lutheran in South Minneapolis was a Father-Son collaborative project by Eliel and Eero Saarinen. Eliel completed the worship space in 1949, and when the congregation needed more space, they hired Eero to design the Sunday School and social gathering spaces. Ironically, it was both Saarinen’s last commissions. Christ Church Lutheran has just been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

“If a building is honest, the architecture is religious.” Eliel Saarinen

Honest use of materials has created a tranquil, spiritually inspiring space. Whether religious or not, everyone should take the time to absorb the visual ambiance and the amazing acoustic quality of this structure.

3244 34th Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55406

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