Dominating the intersection of Ripa Avenue and Telegraph Road, St. Martin of Tours represents a moment in St. Louis architecture where tradition was beginning to evolve into innovation.
While the church’s massing and design is certainly modernist, the stonework almost seems to be harkening back to an earlier age.
The bell tower is perhaps the most striking feature of the church, and can be seen from far up and down Telegraph Road.
Back in the 1950’s no element of design was forgotten, as the matching bus shelter attests.
It almost seems like the church was introducing the public to more radical modernist designs, but did so slowly and over the construction of several churches, slowly acclimating the people to the new style of modernism becoming popular around the world.
The stonework around the round windows are of particular interest to me; the stone laying is very old fashioned, even though this is a modernist church.