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One Ugly Church Bites the Dust (Christian Scientist in DC)
Real Clear Religion ^ | February 26, 2014 | Nicholas G. Hahn III

Posted on 02/26/2014 7:22:12 AM PST by C19fan

Christian Scientists have won their long, twilight struggle against brutalism -- so says a wrecking ball at the corner of 16th and I streets in Washington, D.C.

For what seemed like an eternity, members of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist fought with architecture historians and city bureaucrats over the right to tear down their own church. Churchgoers never liked their 1971 classic brutalist structure -- an architectural style that is well, brutal -- and have even suggested it has something to do with their dwindling numbers.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Religion
KEYWORDS: architecture; brutalist; christianscientist; church; dc
I have driven past that church in DC and one cannot even tell it is a church. I would have no problem seeing all brutalist structures wiped out. They are inhuman and ulgy.
1 posted on 02/26/2014 7:22:13 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Blech! Brutalist architecture is cold and imparts nothing artistic. The FBI and HHS buildings in DC are built in this style, and they’re just ugly.

As I recall, this style was also associated with fascism/socialism to display a sort of uniformity or modularity with no “flair” or personal distinctions of color.

Good riddance!


2 posted on 02/26/2014 7:33:50 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: C19fan
I have had to spend time close to two over-bearing brutalist structures, the Regentsein Library at U of Chicago,



and the Life Sciences Center at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

I had heard that some soap opera (General Hospital?) had used the Life Sciences Center as the representation of some evil pharmaceutical corporation.



And then there is the entire University of Rochester Campus, which lokks like a remake of "Menacing Monoliths".
3 posted on 02/26/2014 7:34:06 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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Looks like buildings in East Berlin.

4 posted on 02/26/2014 7:34:45 AM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: C19fan
The 1970s were famous for some ugly hideous architecture, especially in the world of sports. I remember when the Phillies tore down that old but classical Connie Mack Stadium and replaced it with that hideous multipurpose stadium whose name escapes me before being mercifully dynamited to make room for the present classic ballpark.

They did the same thing to Forbes Field in Pittsburgh and replaced it with that hideous Three Rivers Stadium which still wasn't paid off when it was mercifully dynamited some 30 years later.

5 posted on 02/26/2014 7:52:38 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: C19fan

Brutalist architecture = Soviet architecture


6 posted on 02/26/2014 8:02:41 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: C19fan

This leads to the obvious question of what lunacy possessed the earlier generation of Christian Scientists in DC that they picked a brutalist architect (or worse a brutalist design out of design competition) for their building.


7 posted on 02/26/2014 8:05:27 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: rarestia
! Brutalist architecture is cold and imparts nothing artistic.

yes--very utilitarian... no beauty... which i despise...

8 posted on 02/26/2014 8:05:31 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Yuck.


9 posted on 02/26/2014 8:06:54 AM PST by darkangel82
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To: Last Dakotan; rarestia

Actually, I know something about the brutalist movement because my closest colleague is married to a French architect (who hates brutalism which had a long and inglorious run in her homeland): it was indeed foisted on the world by leftists, not to glorify regimentation of socialism, fascism or communism, but in the spirit of Lenin’s “the worse the better” to make capitalism more oppressive by housing workers in oppressive buildings. They *knew* the stuff they were designing was ugly, indeed when they succeeded in their intent, inhumanly ugly, and wanted it that way.


10 posted on 02/26/2014 8:11:27 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Last Dakotan
Brutalist architecture = Soviet architecture

not only are the designs lacking in beauty, but i cannot recall ever seeing one structure with beautiful color... the structures are usually an ugly, gray concrete... the buildings always look dirty, dingy, polluted... old... depressing... maybe color blocking could have improved the look...

11 posted on 02/26/2014 8:11:43 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: C19fan

On the link are 35 pics of ugly churches over the world. #11 is a round church in Norway...I swear the first thought that popped into my head was ...lord if the rings. Then there was another one with ugly projections sticking out at ya...looked like the church was giving you the finger. I haven’t had my morning coffee yet.


12 posted on 02/26/2014 8:14:01 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: C19fan
Here's the eyesore that Maloney bestowed on us:


13 posted on 02/26/2014 8:15:19 AM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: C19fan

Why were the Christian Scientists so upset? My understanding is from their perspective there never was any church there to begin with.


14 posted on 02/26/2014 8:16:28 AM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: C19fan

Hopefully, they can find a nicer place.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 8:25:29 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: C19fan

Why demolish it? The government would fit right in in a building like that. I’m sure they’d love to buy it.


16 posted on 02/26/2014 8:26:23 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: C19fan

Are we sure the ugliness wasn’t just an error of the mind?


17 posted on 02/26/2014 8:32:20 AM PST by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: C19fan
One of the ugliest Brutalist buildings in DC, if not the world: Georgetown University Library.

Completely at odds with the rest of the campus, and a total waste of skyline over the Potomac.

18 posted on 02/26/2014 8:42:42 AM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: TBP
Why demolish it? The government would fit right in in a building like that. I’m sure they’d love to buy it.

Funny; the Wikipedia page on brutalist architecture shows two DC buildings as examples: the Health and Human Services Building (Kathleen Sebelius' stomping grounds) and the FBI Building.

Things that make you go hmm.

19 posted on 02/26/2014 8:44:38 AM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: C19fan

“...and have even suggested it has something to do with their dwindling numbers.”

Maybe the “automatic handwriting” for this cult is on the wall.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 8:48:12 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: C19fan

There is nothing uglier than Boston’s City Hall.


21 posted on 02/26/2014 9:07:20 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Last Dakotan
"Commies love concrete."

Holidays in Hell, P.J. O'Rourke

22 posted on 02/26/2014 9:15:09 AM PST by SargeK
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To: Dr. Sivana

I don’t mind that style — even kind of like it.

But my German language professor in college cracked me up when he said that the university’s Main Classroom Building — looked like a cell block!


23 posted on 02/26/2014 9:30:58 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: rarestia; C19fan
Hey...I gotcher fugliest building evah right cheer:

24 posted on 02/26/2014 9:34:47 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: The_Reader_David

That further cements in my mind that the adherents of communism are either complete idiots or absolutely evil.


25 posted on 02/26/2014 11:46:24 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

I think you’ve identified the two poles, but in between there are the adherents of Communism who are somewhat evil idiots without being complete idiots.


26 posted on 02/26/2014 4:48:05 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Churchgoers never liked their 1971 classic brutalist structure — an architectural style that is well, brutal — and have even suggested it has something to do with their dwindling numbers.

They’re strong to the finish coz they eats their spinach.


27 posted on 02/26/2014 6:03:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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The east building of the National Gallery in DC is hideous.

https://www.google.com/search?q=east+building+national+gallery


28 posted on 02/26/2014 8:04:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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On the right side of this picture, there’s an oddly compelling but still ugly building, picture is of downtown Rochester NY.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_dXEL7_-VClA/TPqM8EyQrrI/AAAAAAAABnw/u5qxa15Tw9Q/s1600/090119_DowntownRochester-4.jpg


29 posted on 02/26/2014 8:05:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: The_Reader_David

I think the term you’re looking for is “useful idiots.”


30 posted on 02/27/2014 4:15:44 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

No. “Useful idiots” were never Communists: they were folks who unwittingly aided the cause of Communism. I just think there’s a middle ground between your complete idiots and absolutely evil where one could find Communists.


31 posted on 02/27/2014 1:03:14 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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