Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unitarian Meeting House Masterpiece

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This innovative building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright forever changed how modern architects designed churches throughout North America and the world.

The First Unitarian Meeting House has influenced, inspired and been copied by generations of architects. It’s importance as an historical building can not be underestimated.

The First Unitarian Society of Madison (FUS) is a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin. The meeting house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was built by Marshall Erdman in 1949-1951, has been designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark for its architecture. With over 2,000 members, it is one of the largest Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States.

The church building is recognized as one of the most innovative examples of church architecture. In 1960, the American Institute of Architects designated it one of 17 buildings to be retained as an example of Wright’s contribution to American culture. The Meeting House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, before the traditional 50-year cutoff for historic buildings. In 2004, it was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.

Construction of a major expansion of the FUS campus, designed by Kubala Washatko Architects, was completed in 2008, with a second, 500-seat auditorium and community spaces being added. Extensive repairs and restoration were also made to the historic building. This expansion conforms to strict guidelines to leave the historic parts of the grounds unaltered.

The First Unitarian Meeting House is part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail celebrating the 150th year of the great architects birth.

Wisconsin is home to more than 40 Frank Lloyd Wight structures, so come to Wisconsin and explore the new FLW trail. FLW#150

For information on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail please visit: [email protected] – 800-432-8747

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Sacred Heart – Augusta, Georgia ( HD )

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Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Former Catholic Church in Augusta’s Downtown Historical District. 1301 Greene Street, Augusta, Georgia. On National Register of Historic Places. Built: 1900

The Village of Corrales New Mexico

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Enjoy this tour through the small Spanish equestrian Village of Corrales New Mexico. Corrales is literally two minutes from the fast pace of Albuquerque. The Village of Corrales is a rural community with all the conveniences of the much larger cities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Horses are welcome here and harvest time is abundant with fresh fruit, green chile and roasting of the famous and delicious Hatch Green Chile.

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A New Church for the Modern Age: Lincoln’s Cathedral of the Risen Christ

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A New Church for the Modern Age: Lincoln’s Cathedral of the Risen Christ, an illustrated lecture by Ruben Acosta. Nebraska State Historical Society Brown Bag Lecture Series, May 18, 2016.

An Introduction to Mission San Jose Church Architecture

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Deacon George Wunderlich narrates a brief introduction to the architecture of the church, including the statues on the facade.

St. Anthony of Padua Opening – Las Vegas, Nevada

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After gathering for 10 years at Centennial High School, St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church has a sparkling new home in the northwest valley.
With a seating capacity of 800, St. Anthony of Padua was jam-packed during the first Mass that was also attended by Bishop Joseph A. Pepe of the Las Vegas Catholic Diocese. About 2,600 people attended five Masses on the opening weekend. Many had tears in their eyes because a dream had turned into a reality.

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Laredo First Assembly of God – Laredo, TX – 3D Final Animation

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Expansion Project – 3D Final:
3D Modeling, Rendering, & 3D Walkthrough
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Exploring Charleston’s Museum Mile: Architecture, History and Culture.

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Ready to tour Charleston? The Museum Mile is a sure-fire way for visitors to learn and experience all aspects of the city’s history, from stately homes, beautiful churches and classic architecture to tragic parts of the city’s history like the Old Slave Mart. To begin your journey, grab a map from the Charleston Museum, the oldest museum in the country. Ticket packages are also offered that are tailored to specific interests, or which can let you navigate the Mile on your own.

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Kindred Aesthetics: Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, Ellsworth Kelly & Jack Shear

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The Shaker movement in America was founded by Ann Lee, a member of a religious sect near Manchester, England, that prophesized the imminent second appearance of Christ on earth. They were referred to as “Shaking Quakers” due to their ecstatic movements during worship.

Ann Lee immigrated to America in 1774, and with a small, devoted group of followers preached that the transformation and judgment of the world had begun.

In 1787, three years after Ann’s death, her followers established their first communal village at Mount Lebanon, New York, which until 1947 was the central authority governing the Shaker movement in America.

The Shaker Church formed nineteen cloistered communities, throughout New England and the Midwest, designed to practice perfection on earth, based on early Christian principles of shared property, celibacy, direct revelation and public confession of sin. A small community continues at Sabbathday Lake, Maine.

In August 2011, the artists Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear shared their views on Shaker design and architecture with David Stocks and Jerry Grant of the Shaker Museum and Library, Old Chatham, New York.

This 17-minute film beautifully documents their exchanges, richly enhanced with archival photos of Shaker life and architecture and a variety of Ellsworth Kelly’s and Jack Shear’s work.

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© 2011 Checkerboard Film Foundation & Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
Edgar B. Howard
David Stocks
Tom Piper
Edgar B. Howard

Our Historic, Beautiful and Sacred Place of Worship: Saint John’s Church, Fort Worth

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Saint John’s Church is a beautiful church building in the English Gothic style of architecture. The architect, Joseph Patterson, was a member of St. John’s, and traveled the English countryside to get his inspiration and vision for the St. John’s church building. We would love for you to come visit us for worship this Sunday!

Christopher Hunter – ‘Architecture of Early South American Church Building’

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Christopher Hunter, a graduate student in the Department of Architecture, presents “Introduction of the Architecture of Early South American Church Building 1880-1920.”

The presentation was given at “Natural, Built, Virtual,” the 19th annual Texas A&M College of Architecture Research Symposium, which was held Oct. 23 in the Langford Architecture Center’s Preston Geren Auditorium. The daylong session showcased research and creative work by college faculty and, for the first time, doctoral students.

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The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the architecture of the early southern
African American church building constructed between 1880 and 1920.
The African American church experience is a continuously evolving part of the American experience. Many of the current African American churches were organized in the early to mid-
19th century.

After the Civil War, many of these organized congregations began constructing places of worship, primarily throughout the southern United States, either within an urban or a rural setting. Many of these church buildings eventually became the center of spiritual, educational, political, and cultural life for millions of people, continuing to this day.

These church buildings often hosted famous orators or were witnessed to historical events, but these buildings have not received the academic attention necessary to inquire, study, and document their architectural relevance to the people they serve as well as their place in a community. These buildings should be considered just as significant as the people and events they housed.

This paper will present a brief example one such relevant building in the First African Baptist Church (FABC) of Savannah, Georgia. Organized in 1773, FABC is historically considered one of the oldest continuous churches in North America. The paper will introduce the building’s design intent, construction methods of the time, as well as its historical and contemporary place within the local Savannah community.

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