Philip Johnson’s Roofless Church

August 8, 2012

Philip Johnson‘s Roofless Church Sanctuary

New Harmony, Indiana is a small town with a rich history and exceptional architectural interest. Twice settled by Christian sects with utopian visions, the town patrons over the years have done a remarkable job preserving historic buildings and commissioning extraordinary new sites. See the previous post, “Small Town”, April 18, 2011, for more about New Harmony.

The Roofless Church is by renown architect Philip Johnson. It was conceived as a non-denominational place of worship representing that the only roof large enough to encompass the world of worshipers is the sky. The dome pictured is located prominently at one end of the church and covers a sculpture by Joseph Lipschitz. It’s said that the shadow cast by the shingled structure forms the shape of a rose – a symbol of New Harmony’s settlers, the Harmonites. Here’s another good site with information about the roofless church.

 

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