NORTH CHRISTIAN CHURCH
EERO SAARINEN, DAN KILEY
Architect : Eero Saarinen
Landscape Architect : Dan Kiley
Architectural Details : Alexander Girard
Completed in 1964
Designated a National Historic Landmark, this site holds the highest national honor for a property.
In April 1961, Saarinen wrote to J. Irwin Miller: It would be so easy to say—as you would like me to—”Let’s go ahead with it as it is.” But against that I have perhaps a greater conscience, because I would know in my heart that it would not realty be the best I can do. We have finally to solve this church so that it can become a great building. I feel I have this obligation to the congregation, and as architect I have this obligation to my profession and my ideals. I want to solve it so that as an architect when I face St. Peter I am able to say that out of the buildings I did in my lifetime, one of the best was this little church, because it has in it a real spirit that speaks forth to all Christians as a witness to their faith.
From the Taschen book Saarinen, by Pierluigi Serraino:
- While the twentieth century is often thought of as a secular age, a great many architects practicing within the modern idiom received commissions to design religious facilities. For Saarinen, this became almost a subspecialty, in which, metaphorically speaking, he was able to practice his own theology of design. The North Christian Church was his second project of this type in Columbus, Indiana, built twenty years after the Tabernacle Church of Christ, which he had worked on with his father.
Dan Kiley is one of the most highly regarded landscape architects of the last century. Completing more than a thousand projects in more than sixty years, Kiley was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor for artists in the United States. His landscape work includes the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Rockefeller University in New York City, the Oakland Museum, and the John F. Kennedy Library in New York City.
...extraordinarily sculpted by master architect Eero Saarinen
Palm Springs, CA visitor / Tripadvisor review / posted July 2018
Don’t just look at this church from the outside, the sanctuary is gorgeous...
Iowa City, Iowa visitor / Tripadvisor review / Feb 2018
This (church), without a doubt, is the most unusual we have ever seen...
Venice, Florida visitor / Tripadvisor review