Religion: Piety in Brick

The costliest modern church in the world, planned by Europe's most famous modern architect and his son, is going up across the street from a Victorian city hall and a conventional Carnegie library in Columbus, Ind. (population: 11,738; county seat of Bartholomew County).

"It is a simply designed church for a simple people," says Finland's great expatriate, Eliel Saarinen—but it will cover an entire city block and cost some $600,000 (its equivalent in Gothic would cost an estimated 30% more). When finished early in 1942 it will house the religious activities of 1,500 Disciples...

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