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The Suburban Church: Modernism and Community in Postwar America

Gretchen Buggeln

Abstract

After World War II, America’s religious denominations spread into the rapidly developing suburbs, expanding old congregations and starting new ones, in the process spending billions of dollars on church architecture. In step with their evolving ideas of worship and community, many congregations sought revolutionary, modern buildings—“Churches for Today” as they were called by a regular Sunday feature in the Chicago Tribune. It is undeniable that the “modern” intentions of church architects and theologians could result in plain or unusual buildings that appeared to observers as “gas station” or ... More

Keywords: Religion, Architecture, Suburbia, Postwar, Edward Sovik, Edward Dart, Charles Stade, Midwest, Midcentury Modern, Protestant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816694952
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694952.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gretchen Buggeln, author
Valparaiso University