The Church of the Redeemer building was designed by noted Northwest Modern architect Roland Terry.
According to a brochure produced by Docomomo WEWA, this building architecture has the following features:
Terry produced an original an unconventional design, one that combined elements derived from the agriculture vernacular and Asian precedents to achieve economy and rustic elegance….
The church demonstrated a spiritually-uplifting verticality, with proportions of the columns, siding and shoji-like windows being very tall and narrow. A key element of Terry’s solution was his use of pole framing, a structural system employed in vernacular farm structures requiring long spans and low costs (and Japanese Zen temples)….
Others have noted that the building bears some resemblance to a longhouse found in Coast Salish culture.
The building was dedicated on December 20, 1964.
Read a brochure from Docomomo WEWA (10.4 KB, PDF) about the building architecture at Church of the Redeemer. The brochure opens in a new window.
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
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