March 5, 2015 Mid-Century Modern

Modern Snapshot: The National Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Church

The prominent campus of the National Presbyterian Church on Nebraska Avenue was designed by ecclesiastical architect Harold E. Wagoner, who once said: The great thing about being an architect is you can walk into your dreams.” The cornerstone of the Brutalist/Neo-Gothic  complex was laid by congregant and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower on October 14, 1967, according to a history of the church. The design featured a main sanctuary seating 1,260, a chapel, large central fountain and a soaring carillon tower.  The congregation first worshiped in its new home on September 7, 1969. Here are a few recent black and white shots of the campus.

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