There are so many mid-century modern churches, synagogues and others houses of worship that dot the Washington area, that I have been trying to force myself to take time to stop and take some pictures as I am rushing around. Bauhaus master Water Gropius even designed a synagogue near Baltimore. Here are just two that I recently took shots of: one in Virginia and one in Maryland. See how both buildings incorporate stained glass in different ways. The Belle View Baptist Church, which to me evokes the shape of a soaring ark, is just south of Hollin Hills on Fort Hunt Road. See its thin ribbon of stained glass down the end of the sanctuary.
The other church is the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, which is tucked into the woods at the corner of Cedar Lane and Beach Drive in Bethesda. The building, which extensively uses stained glass for its walls of windows, was designed by Pietro Belluschi, the dean of the MIT School of Architecture in the 1950s and one of the most prolific modern architects. I also have seen references that mention that local modern architects Francis Donald Lethbridge and Arthur Keyes of Keyes, Lethbridge & Condon worked with Belluschi on the design.
Which are your favorite mid-century modern houses of worship in the DC area?