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My tour of Columbus Indiana included Eero Saarinen’s North Christian Church which I must say was nothing less than breathtaking. The church sat right in the middle of a residential area. I could not stop thinking how cool it would be to live across the street from not only a National Historic Landmark but Eero Saarinen’s last piece of history. Ok so I am geeking out here. We were able to view a couple things that maybe the average visitor may not get to see including a beautiful tapestry by Alexander Girard and a communion tray design by Eero Saarinen but is too heavy to use. Lots of images after the jump. Sorry again for the image quality, lame pocket cam corder.

Eero Saarinen designed North Christian Church, which was completed in 1964. It was the last building designed by the younger Saarinen. The sloping roof of this six-sided building blends with the landscaped earth-mound which surrounds it. This low line accentuates the slender 192-foot spire, topped with a gold-leaf cross, which gives its distinctive design. Dan Kiley landscaped the multi-acre site including the parking lot with parking rooms.

 

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard
Tree of Life tapestry by Alexander Girard.

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard
Communion tray design by Eero Saarinen but is too heavy to use.

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

modern architecture eero saarinen north christian church kiley girard

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  • http://makepbj.com Emmit Jones

    So awesome to see this! Thanks for taking the time to visit Columbus!

    I actually grew up right across the street from this church, and still have a Saarinen fetish. My walk to school forced me to cross the grounds of the North Christian Church everyday. I’m grateful for growing up in Columbus, and believe that my path to graphic design would not have been without living in such a small, cultural and beautiful city.


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