Church architecture - the 1950s
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I was reading on another site someone said the "ugly" church buildings (generic multi-purpose block buildings, and bizzare avante garde monstrosties) did not begin after Vatican II, but that it began in the post-war 1940s and 1950s.

I wasn't alive back in those days, but could someone tell me if this is an example of the typical parish churches built in the 1950s?
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It is plain and simple, compared to the ornately detailed Gothic wonders built pre-1940, but it is still very traditional looking, compared to the post-Vatican II buildings.  I like this style, and would not mind if this was a blueprint for new parishes to be built.

Here is another example of a more simple, yet traditional church that should be an example for new parishes, and still could be built without going into a 50 year debt.
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...and this...
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After all, they all can't look like this, unfortunately:
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#3
And yet as ugly as those are, I can identify them all as Churches.
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(12-03-2011, 08:49 PM)Someone1776 Wrote: [Image: St%20Titus%20Church,%20Aliquippa,%20PA.jpg]

1950s

OK, that one is ugly. 
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You want 1950's ugly? I can do better. I have uglier than that right here. Circa 1980's--I think? Was Protestant, now a Catholic Church. New ugly.

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"Not only are we all in the same boat, but we are all seasick.” --G.K. Chesterton
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(12-03-2011, 08:47 PM)AllWise Wrote: After all, they all can't look like this, unfortunately:
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What's up with the six pointed star? What's that?
"Not only are we all in the same boat, but we are all seasick.” --G.K. Chesterton
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(12-03-2011, 09:18 PM)Jacafamala Wrote: What's up with the six pointed star? What's that?

Probably the star of David to acknowledge the Old Testament and/or Jewish roots of Catholicism.

(12-03-2011, 09:16 PM)Jacafamala Wrote: You want 1950's ugly? I can do better. I have uglier than that right here. Circa 1980's--I think? Was Protestant, now a Catholic Church. New ugly.

This is perhaps the UGLIEST Catholic Church in the history of the world, in Vienna Austria
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I can't decide if it looks satanic, or like a porn club.
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(12-03-2011, 09:40 PM)AllWise Wrote: This is perhaps the UGLIEST Catholic Church in the history of the world, in Vienna Austria
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I can't decide if it looks satanic, or like a porn club.
That is truly hideous.
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#9
The churches near me built in the 50s are mostly like the one in the top picture in the OP. They tend to be simple inside as well without a reredos, etc.

Thate being said, I went to an "interesting" cathedral once in Hartford, Connecticut. Its design was submitted and construction began in 1957, and it was finished in 1962--so it was designed for the TLM. On the other hand, it looks very sci-fi on the outside, and has lots of un-traditional versions of traditional things (like the baldichinum) on the inside. It also has a relief on the outside of St. Joseph stretching out his arms over various peoples including a guy wearing shorts, an eskimo, and the Pope wearing the tiara. Seeing modern style architecture and art designed to be fitted around the TLM was very weird. You can get a little feel for it here:

http://www.cathedralofsaintjoseph.com/ca...lding.html
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(12-04-2011, 01:02 AM)SaintSebastian Wrote: The churches near me built in the 50s are mostly like the one in the top picture in the OP. They tend to be simple inside as well without a reredos, etc.

Thate being said, I went to an "interesting" cathedral once in Hartford, Connecticut. Its design was submitted and construction began in 1957, and it was finished in 1962--so it was designed for the TLM. On the other hand, it looks very sci-fi on the outside, and has lots of un-traditional versions of traditional things (like the baldichinum) on the inside. It also has a relief on the outside of St. Joseph stretching out his arms over various peoples including a guy wearing shorts, an eskimo, and the Pope wearing the tiara. Seeing modern style architecture and art designed to be fitted around the TLM was very weird. You can get a little feel for it here:

http://www.cathedralofsaintjoseph.com/ca...lding.html

It looks odd but I can still tell its a Church and Catholic.
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