Another closed church to report, this one is for sale and scheduled for demolition. With so many sub-par modern churches, it is a shame to lose one this good. Central Presbyterian Church in Houston combines many of the motifs of modern churches--full wall dalle de verre, glazed reveals between ceiling and walls, the jewel-box sanctuary--with sensitive localized features. The cloister in front of the church (which is away from the main street of Richmond Avenue) and the treatment of the arcade strike me as particularly representative of modern Texas architecture. I'm not sure that I would call it a masterpiece, but it is a fine building that is certainly a loss. Special thanks to narrowlarry for sharing an excellent set of photos in the church's last days. A few of his photos are included below.
I am excited to announce the publication of the article "Marginalized Modernisms: Progressive Architecture for Minority, Immigrant, and Rural Churches in Texas" in the Journal of History and Culture which is published by Prairie View A&M's Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture.
UTSOA Lecture on St Martin Lutheran, Austin
Information about a lecture given at the University of Texas as part of ongoing efforts to advocate for the preservation of Saint Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church. This church is by far the best example of non-residential mid-century architecture and holds a special place among the finest modern American churches. The lecture addressed on the influence of the church and the people associated with it on the history of the architecture and building arts community of Austin in the middle of the twentieth century.