First Christian Church (Columbus, Indiana)
First Christian Church
Streetside view of the church
|Location||531 Fifth St., Columbus, Indiana|
|Area||4 acres (1.6 ha)|
|Architectural style||International Modern|
|NRHP Reference #||01000067|
|Added to NRHP||January 3, 2001|
|Designated NHL||January 3, 2001|
The First Christian Church (originally known as the Tabernacle Church of Christ) in Columbus, Indiana, was built in 1942. It was the first contemporary building in Columbus and one of the first churches in the United States to be built in a contemporary architectural style.
The building, designed by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, consists of a glass-fronted main hall, with a tower and bridge section. Interior details such as light fixtures, screen and furniture were designed by Saarinen's son Eero Saarinen (who would later design the North Christian Church in Columbus) and Charles Eames. Eliel's wife Loja Saarinen designed the tapestry inside which depicts the Sermon on the Mount.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "First Christian Church". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
- Thayer, Laura. "National Historic Landmark Nomination: First Christian Church". National Park Service. and Accompanying seven photos from 1999
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