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A BIG SPLASH

In the midst of World War II, the opening of a small-town church in south central Indiana became national news before it even opened its doors.

When the design for the church was announced, Time magazine rhapsodized about how, “the costliest modern church in the world, planned by Europe’s most famous modern architect and his son, is going up across the street from a Victorian city hall.

Patrick Sisson, Curbed, Feb 2017

 

WHY IT’S A BIG DEAL

National Historic Landmark

First modernist church in the Midwest, and possibly in America

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First Christian Church

Design by Eliel Saarinen, 1942
Assisted by his son, Eero, and Charles Eames

Why it's important

National Historic Landmark

First modernist church in the Midwest, and possibly in America

Featured in Time magazine in 1942

More details

Located at 513 First Street, directly across from the public library

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