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  • For Sale: Mid-Century Modern church

    For Sale: Mid-Century Modern church

    University Baptist Church, 1960s—Landers & Carter, Architects

    Photo © Amy Collier

    On my most recent visit to my home town I noticed a ‘for sale’ sign in front of this 1960s modern church. It is terribly sad to see a lovely landmark from childhood in such a neglected state and up on the auction block so to speak. It does however rekindle my secret wish to turn a structure like this into a unique modern residence.

    In another life, yes.

    –Amy

  • Modernist churches of Europe, 1964

    Modernist churches of Europe, 1964

    Germany: Paul Gerhardt Church, Mannheim

    Gerhard Schlegel and Reinhold Kargel architects, 1961
    G E Kidder Smith photographer

    The New Churches of Europe by G E Kidder Smith, 1964

    From our personal library, a glimpse at a terrific 1960s hardback book brimming with black and white photography, essays/descriptions and architectural line renderings of sixty modernist avant-garde churches across Europe. Written by G E Kidder Smith, FAIA. First edition published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1964. Photographs and layout by author. (Outside photography credited.)

    You can see additional spreads from the book here.

    –Amy

    France: Ste Thérèse rue de Croix, Hem, Roubaix

    Hermann Baur architect, 1958
    Robert Gnant photographer

  • Trinity University

    Trinity University

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Coates University Center
    Artichoke Lamp—Designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen Lighting, 1958

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Laurie Auditorium, Murchison Tower

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Coates University Center
    Terrazzo entrance

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Henry Moore
    Large Interior Form, 1953–54
    Bronze

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Laurie Auditorium

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Bret Price
    Rapture, 2001
    Galvanized steel

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Barbara Hepworth
    Conversation with Magic Stones, 1973 
    Bronze

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Murchison Tower
    Architects—O’Neil Ford & Bartlett Cocke, 1964
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    Modern architect O'Neil Ford (1905–1982) was hired to design a master plan and the buildings of the relocated Trinity University campus in partnership with fellow Texas architect Bartlett Cocke (1901–1992). Construction began in 1950, and the current campus opened in 1952.

    –Amy

  • NorthPark Center, Dallas

    NorthPark Center, Dallas

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Photo © Amy Collier

    “In the early 1960s, developer Raymond Nasher leased a 97-acre cotton field on the edge of Dallas and hired E.G Hamilton of Harrell+Hamilton Architects. NorthPark Center opened in 1965, as then the largest climate-controlled retail establishment in the world, and is now owned by the Caruth family and managed, operated and leased by husband and wife David J. Haemisegger and Nancy A. Nasher (Ray's daughter).”

    […]

    “Best known for its reputation as an art museum inside a shopping center, in November 2007, NorthPark Center was named as one of the seven retail wonders of the modern world…”

    Wikipedia

  • MCM swoop

    MCM swoop

    Photos © Amy Collier

    A wonderfully dramatic swooped concrete roofline on this Mid-Century Modern building located at the San Antonio International Airport. Clad with travertine, the marked color contrast and architectural lines of this structure make a bold statement well from a distance.

    I still have yet to find out who built this beautiful building but it has many of the hallmarks of a Marmon Mok design from the 1960s. I had guessed it to possibly be concurrent with their Confluence Theater, part of the USA Pavilion built for the 1968 World's Fair hosted here in SA. The airport was expanded at that time to handle the increase in visitors. However, it is reported the firm only began ongoing projects at the airport in the 1970s and 80s including their award winning design of the original Terminal One in the 80s and its more recent renovations. So appears I will need to do additional research.

    –Amy

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