April 11, 2011 Mid-Century Modern
Modern Snapshot: Universalist Church of Silver Spring
I was heading home from Crest Park this weekend (stay tuned for another Goodman listing I have coming up) and remembered that I had taken some shots last year of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring on New Hampshire Avenue.
This interesting Dwell piece discusses why Unitarian Universalist congregations have been drawn to modern design for their churches. “Frank Lloyd Wright was the first modern architect to design a Universalist church,” the article says. “He volunteered to design a replacement for Unity Church in Oak Park, Illinois, the morning after it burned down. The result is the beloved Unity Temple.”
D.C. own leading architects designed Unitarian Universalist churches here. Goodman designed one in Arlington. The modernist team of Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon along with Pietro Belluschi designed the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda, which I wrote about here.