First Christian Church (originally the Tabernacle Church of Christ)

Eliel Saarinen

The front facade

This church marks the beginning of an era in Columbus, followed by invitations to some of the most prominent modern architects to design buildings for this architecture-conscious city.

Saarinen combines simple forms with asymmetry, both in the facade and interior.


The east side and the tower side


The classrooms with connecting bridge to the main building


Under the bridge with the decorated pilotis


The simple interior with off-center cross and decorative organ grill

Interior details such as light fixtures, screen, and furniture were designed by Eliel's son Eero and Charles Eames. Eliel's wife Loja wove the Sermon on the Mount tapestry on the side of the altar opposite the organ.

See also Index for additional works by Eliel Saarinen.

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