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Minneapolis church hosts architecture exhibit

Church Church Lutheran, the host, is also in the exhibit

Christ Church Lutheran, an ELCA congregation located at 3244 – 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis, has been included in a new publication saluting “thirty-one buildings that changed modern life.” (For a review of Structures of Our Time, please turn to page 24 in the August print edition.)
In connection with the publication of the new volume, a traveling exhibition is coming to Christ Church August 4—September 8. Along with a multi-panel display of the buildings included on the list of 31 outstanding architectural designs, including Christ Church, the exhibit will include a number of formal presentations.
The exhibition was organized by the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C. and The American Architectural Foundation. The display at Christ Church will be free and open to the public, with showings daily except Mondays, noon-7:00 p.m., Guided tours will be available.
Presentations offered in conjunction with the exhibition will include:
* “The Saarinens at Cranbrook,” presented by Mark Coir, director of Cranbrook Archives, and Ralph Rapson, Wednesday, August 7, 4 p.m.
* “The evolution and the unique design of the Christ Church complex,” Edward Sovik, church architect, and Rolf Anderson, architectural historian, Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 p.m.
* Roger Shepherd, author of Structures of Our Time: 31 Buildings that Changed Modern Life, Thursday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.
Christ Church Lutheran’s current worship space was designed by master architect, Eliel Saarinen, one of the 20th century’s most important designers. The building has been listed among the outstanding modern churches in America since it opened in 1949.
Christ Church, the only worship facility included in the list of 31 outstanding structures, was Saarinen’s last completed work. Remarkably, the later addition was created by his son, Eero, who also designed the St. Louis Gateway Arch and Dulles International Airport, outside Washington, D.C.