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Louisiana Mid-Century Modern Churches

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Chapel of the Holy Spirit
New Orleans, LA
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit was designed by Claude E. Hooton and built in 1955. As part of renovations after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the ceiling and beams were painted white. Originally, they were unpainted wood. For more, see this website. [map]

United Methodist Center
New Orleans, LA
The United Methodist Center was built in 1965. I don't know if that was the original occupant. The building now houses NOLA Wesley which is Tulane and Loyola's United Methodist campus ministry. It is used as their Labyrinth Cafe and Gathering Place. [map]

Bethany United Methodist Church
New Orleans, LA
The Bethany United Methodist Church appears to be from the 1960s. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, only the church's exterior walls remained. It was rebuilt and reopened in 2006. The building at the right is the church's "social hall". [map]

Lake Vista United Methodist Church
New Orleans, LA
The Lake Vista United Methodist Church was designed by August Perez and Associates and built in 1961. For more, see this website. [map]

St. Pius X Catholic Church
New Orleans, LA
The St. Pius X Catholic Church was designed by James Lamantia, Jr. and completed in 1966. The building has an octagonal plan with the altar at the center. The canopy in front of the church, shown in the bottom row, was built around 2018. For more, see this website. [map]

Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church
New Iberia, LA
The Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church appears to have been built in the 1960s. [map]

Unity Temple
New Orleans, LA
The Unity Temple was built in 1960. It was designed by Leonard Spangenberg, Jr., a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Magnolia Baptist Church
Shreveport, LA
The Magnolia Baptist Church is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Avenue Baptist Church
Shreveport, LA
The Avenue Baptist Church was designed by Edward Koerber and built in 1963 as a Central Christian Church. [map]

Calvary Chapel
Shreveport, LA
St. Anthony Catholic Church
Gretna, LA
Central Baptist Church
Springhill, LA
The Calvary Chapel originally housed the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and later the First Lutheran Church. I believe it was built in the early 1950s. [map]

The St. Anthony Catholic Church appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

The Central Baptist Church features a mid-century modern addition with stained glass in front of a much older, more traditional looking building. [map]

Emmanuel Baptist Church
Lake Charles, LA
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
Pierre Part, LA
The Emmanuel Baptist Church appears to be from the 1960s. This photo is from 2020. Just a month later, the roof was destroyed by Hurricane Laura. There are plans to rebuild. [map]

The St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church was built in 1964. [map]

Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim
Alexandria, LA
The Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim, aka The Jewish Temple, was designed by Max J. Heinberg. It was built in the early 1950s. [map]

Redeemer Lutheran Church
Alexandria, LA
The Redeemer Lutheran Church appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Broadmoor Baptist Church
Baton Rouge, LA
The Broadmoor Baptist Church was built in 1958. [map]

Saint Jean Vianney Catholic Church
Baton Rouge, LA
The Saint Jean Vianney Catholic Church was completed in 1999 but I'll include it in this section since it shares many elements with mid-century architecture. It was designed by Trahan Architects and has received numerous awards. The building features extensive use of concrete, minimal ornamentation, and large glass walls. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

More Louisiana Mid-Century Modern Churches:
Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church: 1, 2, 3 (New Orleans) [gone]