Christ Church Lutheran Minneapolis: A Sacred Place Captured in Photos

Christ Church Lutheran Minneapolis, Photo by Pete Sieger

Christ Church Lutheran, Photo by Pete Sieger

I am in Minneapolis/St. Paul for two days of meetings on saving Modernist and Recent Past places.  Minnesota and the Great Lakes region has a strong collection of buildings and landscapes from the Modernist period, so we’re in town to work with and learn from our local partners.

Last evening’s opening session was held in a beautiful space:  the Eliel Saarinen designed Christ Church Lutheran sanctuary.  His son Eero designed the adjoining educational wing.  This supreme example of the Modernist movement is Minnesota’s only National Historic Landmark listed for its architectural importance rather than as a site of historic significance.

The church – now working with a newly formed Friends of Christ Church Lutheran group – has done a wonderful job of preservation and stewardship of this place.  I spent a great deal of time last evening with Pastor Kristine Carlson, who opened with a moving testimony as to why this place matters.  As I said in my opening remarks, preservation generally happens when people – not necessarily professional preservationists – see the connection between place and life.  No where is the connection between place, mission, and spirit more real than at Christ Church Lutheran.

I didn’t have my camera with me, but that’s okay, because the church’s website has a wonderful album of photographs by Pete Sieger.  I recommend you visit the site and just enjoy his wonderful take on this special place.  And if you are lucky enough to visit the church, make sure you see Sieger’s collection of photos taken of the altar every ten minutes from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  It is a treasure trove of the interplay of light and space.

More to come…

DJB

2 Responses

  1. David Brown ~
    Thank you for your warm support for our lovely sacred space and our efforts to preserve it, and for your appreciation of our joy in living with it. We were honored to welcome you, and all who attended the Modern Module. Thanks, too, for letting people know how welcome they are to come and see our church!
    Pastor Kristine Carlson
    Christ Church Lutheran
    3244 34th Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

  2. Thank you for your comment: “preservation generally happens when people – not necessarily professional preservationists – see the connection between place and life. No where is the connection between place, mission, and spirit more real than at Christ Church Lutheran.”

    My husband and I first went to the church to see the space. We became members because the people there embody the same honest, pure spirit cradled by the building.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: