Christian Scientists have won their long, twilight struggle against brutalism — so says a wrecking ball at the corner of 16th and I streets in Washington, D.C.
For what seemed like an eternity, members of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist fought with architecture historians and city bureaucrats over the right to tear down their own church. Churchgoers never liked their 1971 classic brutalist structure — an architectural style that is well, brutal — and have even suggested it has something to do with their dwindling numbers.
“We think it says, ‘Stay away.’ Something goes on in here that they don’t want to get outside, which is exactly wrong for all Christianity,” a longtime church member, Darrow Kirkpatrick, told NPR. “Brutalism is not our religious expression,” he said.
“The Ugliest Churches in the World” offers a hearty “Amen!” While my compilation of ugly churches doesn’t rank ugly, the Third Church of Christ, Scientist might just be the ugliest of them all. Take a look at “Even More Ugly Churches,” too, and judge for yourself.