5 of America’s Most Modern Churches

St. John’s Abbey
Collegeville, Minnesota

The Abbey and University Church was designed for a complex community. The church’s design had a lot to do with allow memebers a closer participation services. To achieve this, construction meant building a very large worship space without any columns and a certain trapezoidal shape that would allow people to sit close to the altar.

Additionally, the church is technologically constructed, as well. The chruch, made up of cast, steel-reinforced concrete, is one of a kind.

Cathedral of Saint Marry of the Assumption
San Fransisco, California

With this church, the architect fused traditional Catholic faith with modern technology–considered some of the most top-of-the-line engineering. It is a district landmark in San Fransisco. With its unique “cross-hair” shape, it has attracted many from across the world and many across the regligious spectrum.

Portsmouth Abbey
Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Portsmouth Abbey Chapel is cited to be one of the most important buildings in the New England region. It was built in 1960 and is a focal point of the campus. The inside is spacious, and the outside reflects the wood and stone of the surrounding countryside.

Once inside, all will notice the limestone altar and gold wires radiating from the cruified Jesus. Silver wires extend from the skylight down onto Jesus, symbolizing the Father’s approval of his sacrifice.

First Presbyterian Church “Fish Church”
Stamford, Connecticut

Thisis a wooden structure built in a fascinating shape–a fish shape. The shape is noticable in both the profile and in the floor plan of the building. Inside, you will recognize beautiful, outstanding stained glass windows in the santuary, containing more than 20,000 pieces of glass depicting the Crucifixion and resurrection. The stained glass radiates the beautiful light from outside into the santuary–creating a colorful view of blues, purples, reds, whites, and greens.

Kramer Chapel, Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana

This triangular-shaped structure is a site to see and a place to visit. Inside, the slanted walls make the room feel smaller and all feel closer to the alter. Light radiates up from the ground and through the slanted portions of the wall. This modern and sleek look is unlike other places of worship.

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