Art: Billion-Dollar Question

Since war's end, church-building in the U.S. has been on the boom, notably on the Pacific Coast and in the Southwest. A typical example is Houston, Texas, which had 335 churches in 1936, has 515 today and more abuilding. But the boom is nationwide; Protestant denominations alone have more than $1 billion worth of new construction planned. Architecturally, what are U.S. churches making of the opportunity?

Little if anything, reports ARCHITECTURAL FORUM in its current issue, out last week. Church architecture is in a rut, and has been for a generation. "Almost without exception," says the FORUM, "the houses of worship erected...

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