Christ Church Lutheran


Courtesy Peter J. Sieger Architectural Photography

Christ Church Lutheran
Eero Saarinen, Eliel Saarinen
  • Architecture

In the quiet Minneapolis neighborhood of Longfellow is a remarkable example of twentieth-century ecclesiastical architecture. Christ Church Lutheran commissioned Eliel Saarinen, best known for his masterwork of the Cranbrook Educational Community campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, to design its main sanctuary building. Completed in 1949, just one year before Eliel died, the Church later commissioned an educational wing by his son Eero Saarinen, perhaps best known for such iconic structures as the St. Louis Arch and the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport in New York. Although the father and son practiced architecture together it is the only building where each architect’s work can be seen side-by-side.