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November 6, 2014 Charles Goodman

Charles Goodman-Designed Church Deemed Historic

The Charles Goodman-designed Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register, Preservation Arlington announced. The 1964 church is being recommended for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.  “Carved out of its site’s sloping landscape, the two-story Sanctuary features pre-cast concrete construction, a prominent overhanging canopy roof, and wrapping clerestory windows,” the National Register submission says. “The building references traditional meeting halls and temple buildings in its form and has character-defining features of the Brutalist style in the Modern Movement. … Two complementary additions are appended to the original Sanctuary block. The first, completed in 1994, extends from the Sanctuary’s south elevation, and the second, completed in 2013 and known as the “Celebration Center,” is located at the southeast corner. While visually distinct from the original building, the additions complement the Sanctuary in their scale, roof plans, materials, and fenestration patterns.” (My pictures predate the latest addition.)

Read this interesting Dwell piece on why Unitarian Universalist congregations have been drawn to modern design for their churches.

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  1. Susan Gervasi — November 7, 2014 @ 10:30 am         Reply

    This looks very much like Paint Branch Unitarian Church on Powder Mill Road in Prince George’s County. I wonder if Goodman designed Paint Branch…?

    Mike, I really enjoy your posts & images. My late in-laws had a home in Hollin Hills so I am familiar with Goodman.
    Didn’t realize he designed churches!


    1. Mid-Century Mike — November 9, 2014 @ 8:41 am         Reply

      Thanks Susan. From what I have read, Goodman designed three churches. The one in Arlington and one in Bethesda and DC. Not sure about Paint Branch.

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