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my wife and i stumbled on that church last weekend. i had no idea it was a Belluschi. we took one look at the doors and realized we had go inside and check it out.

the building reminds me of st. mary's in SF (the famous "boob" cathedral). except the UP church comes off like st. mary's less stunning but more loved sister.

Eric Berg

A Wikipedia entry on Belluschi says he collaborated on St. Mary's Cathedral in SF. The church at my parish - St. Philip Neri (near SE 16th and Divison, Portland) was designed by Belluschi. So was Central Luthern Church (1820 NE 21st, Portland). Brian says five Belluschi-designed churches were built. Does anyone know where the other one is?


Eric...the Zion Luthern over on S.W. 19th and Salmon across from the MAC.

Doug Klotz

Somehow it doesn't make this aetheist believe. It's just boring. There are a few little details that are okay, but overall it's a bland institutional building like many of the 1970s. (Those carved wood columns are so 1970s) Yes the interior is an impressively-sized space, but it could be any gymnasium.

If a building is all about light, and only looks good in a certain light, something is missing. Medieval cathedrals look great even in the rain. I'm sorry, but Belluschi is just bland.


I'm not an atheist or a denominationally or theologist bound individual, but inspiration from many sources seems to find me. Based on what I can sense from the pictures, this church building appeals to me quite a lot. It's simplicity by way of the simple square form it draws on is what particularly grabs me.

Some churches are so way over the top in one way or another. This one doesn't seem that way. Perhaps the idea behind its being simple and plain is to allow it not get in the way of what's supposed to happen there. The vaulted ceiling somehow suggested a native american influence to me. The light from the atrium behind looks very nice.

I don't care for the carved columns either.

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