Mid-Century Modern Midland Meeting to be held at United Church of Christ a 1962 design by Schwartz and Blacklock

At our September meeting members denoted how they wanted to be involved in our mid-century modern heritage by selecting “volunteer areas of interests” on the online membership form.

We have been gathering information and are ready to implement the documentation of Midland’s mid-century architecture and the architects that designed it. Please join us at our upcoming meeting as we begin this journey.

Saturday, March 25th 2017
United Church of Christ
4100 Chestnut Hill Drive, Midland, MI 48640
by Friday, March 24th
phone:989-839-2744 or email:mcmm@abdow.org

*If you missed the initial sign-up but would still like to attend, it’s not too late. Just RSVP to this meeting and then go to the website midcenturymidland.org and fill out the membership form to receive emails on future events.

Architect of Original Structure: Charles Blacklock and Robert Schwartz
Year Built: 1962 (groundbreaking) 1964 (dedication)
Square footage of Original Building: Approximately 3600 square feet

Building Description:
From the first moment you see this dynamic structure it invokes interest and exploration.  Masterfully woven into its surroundings, the building is a stunning example of organic, Mid-Twentieth Century Design.  The architects, Robert Schwartz and Charles Blacklock created a soaring structure that is open and free while at the same time comforting and intimate.  It is a masterful combination of innovative materials, new technologies and daring and playful artistry.

The roof over the sanctuary is a hyperbolic paraboloid supported by two buttresses. The roof spans 148 feet from point to point and the buttresses are 80 feet apart. Each buttress contains 45 yards of concrete and 10 tons of reinforcing steel; the buttresses are held together beneath the floor by a reinforced concrete beam. The roof contains 157 tons of light-weight concrete reinforced with 23 tons of steel. It was done in one continuous pour, with trucks coming from all over the area all day.

The windows in the sanctuary are clear glass which ties the building to the outside world. Each season of the year provides a beautiful canvas for the worship space. The color scheme in the sanctuary is based on the liturgical colors, and includes purple carpet and red pews. This same color scheme is used throughout the building

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