Tonight MNSAH symposium participants and I went on a tour of the Christ Church Lutheran, which is located in Minneapolis. Its a beautiful building designed by Finnish-American architect Eliel Saarinen in 1949 and in 1962 his son Eero created the eduction wing (as well as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the TWA Terminal at the Kennedy Airport, Dulles Airport, etc.). The tour was arranged by Dr. Victoria Young (one of my instructors from St. Thomas and one of my MA paper committee members) and our tour was lead by the former MNSAH president Rolf Anderson, who also wrote the National Historic Landmark designation report. Rolf did a great job on the tour and knows so much about the church.
The tour started at 6pm, so all my photos are a bit dark, and Pastor Kristine Carlson even stopped by to welcome us. The Church is having a big celebration this weekend for its designation as a National Historic Landmark. The interesting thing about the Church is that both architects created everything for it, from the cross and candle sticks in the Church, to the 60s groovy furniture in the offices.
More photos can be found in my Flickr account (the photos to the right)