Thursday, March 27, 2014

St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church at 606 W. 15th Street in Austin.
Photography credit: PICA 25856, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Docomomo US featured an important Austin mid-century resource in their February newsletter. Many of us have admired St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church while driving down 15th Street. The article "Saint Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church: Modernity and Continuity" by Jason John Paul Haskins, Assoc. AIA, LEED BD+C, provides an opportunity to learn more about this 1960 building by Robert Mather of Jessen Jessen Millhouse and Greeven. Haskins says that this "[m]id-century abstraction of the primitive Christian basilica represents a synthesis of international movements in architecture and liturgy uncovering archetypal models of inhabitation and ritual." We encourage you to read the full article on Docomomo's website at's_evangelical_church_modernity_and_continuity.