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Prairie church

June 17, 2013

The First Christian Church in Phoenix is a posthumous work of Frank Lloyd Wright. So magical.


These low ceilings leading to the sanctuary represent humility; in the sanctuary, soaring stained glass.




A building in the shape of a triangle was a building in the attitude of prayer. Twenty-three triangular pillars of concrete and steel. Wright saw them as desert trees.





The bell tower is 120-feet tall and has four sides, each of which is unequal to the other three. 304 tons of concrete, stone and steel, with no inward supporting structure. The cross on top is twenty-two feet long.


My sisters were horsing around the whole time. They crack me up so much!




I can’t get over this lovely palm-treeish church. FLW originally designed a whole seminary campus, but only this building was built… I so wish someone would build the rest.
Even as we drove away, I was still trying to take photos.


“We do not want to be known just for our famous building. A church is not a building, but rather the people who happen to meet there. We want to be known for the lives that are changed because of this special place.” -FFC, Phoenix, AZ

PS I took lots of photos while I was home… but somehow these are the only ones I felt were really for the blog. Just in case you were wondering… 😉

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2013 12:53 pm


  2. June 18, 2013 5:15 am

    Haha. I totally recognized Mr. Foreman (yep, don’t know his first name. haha) It seriously is such a small world! 🙂

  3. Julie permalink
    June 18, 2013 6:52 pm

    “desert trees”– great description.

    the bell tower reminds me of the trunk of a palm tree…

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