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pointing towards heaven

October 9, 2011

Well, I’ve made a few jokes already at the expense of crazy roofs, but I have to admit, in their mid-twentieth-century context, the crazy-roofed churches we got in Antioch were at least trying to do something innovative and attractive. When I think of all the Catholic churches I’ve seen since that look like converted barns– without even the cachet of being an actual old barn, this looks pretty good:

Holy Rosary Catholic Church Antioch, CA

It could be a lot better. There’s something about the balance, in my opinion, which has never looked quite right. It’s sharp and angular, in a hunchbacked sort of way. Again, without the cachet of an actual hunchback.

And it looks like it could be channeling light quite beautifully, but that’s not really taken advantage of inside. Still, it could be fixed– if, for example, the Ramada Inn-style stained glass were replaced with something more transparent, and brilliant.

Now, this one is something else again.

United Methodist Church Antioch, CA "The Church On The Rock:"

That’s just a straight-out crazy roof, but one I’ve always been especially fond of. It was originally plain wood, so it kind of reminded you of bent-wood furniture from the fifties and sixties. I don’t know when it was painted; it doesn’t improve it. But it still has gives one that sense of lovely, symmetrical motion.

Obviously, it doesn’t snow around here. I hope the crazy roofs survive climate change. At this point, I think they’re approaching historical landmark status; you won’t see their like again.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2011 8:25 PM

    I like that second one; it looks like pagoda roofs! Since it’s painted anyway, they should paint in Oriental colors.

    • E. A. Peregrine permalink
      October 9, 2011 8:34 PM

      You know, that never occurred to me, but you’re totally right!

  2. October 12, 2011 1:31 PM

    lol, imagine being the designer of the building and having to be embarrassed every time you drove by…p
    unless, of course, they’d marvel anew at the brilliance.

    • E. A. Peregrine permalink
      October 13, 2011 7:40 AM

      I know, huh? It could be like having to see your yearbook picture from 1969 every day. Still, on some level I really like the fact that they went out on a limb. You just don’t see many buildings anymore where you know people were thinking “What would be cool?”

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