Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church

No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get a good clean shot of Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, which is now focused on the large Vietnamese immigrant community in St. Louis.

It’s a great example of Modernist church design in the Archdiocese at its best, with beautiful stained glass windows, which you can see here at Built St. Louis, and a perfect illustration of form following function. Below, the baptistry is set apart as its own independent and easily recognizable component.

The bell tower juts above the two story buildings of Dutchtown, again separating out its function distinctly from the rest of the church.

The architecture of the parish school is from an earlier time, in what could best be described as a simplified Tudor Revival interpretation.

I wonder if this originally was the main door that was bricked up at some point, considering that it faces Meramec Avenue and would be the front faade.

I particularly like the interpretation of chivalric shields with brickwork.

It also reminds me of a Hanseatic warehouse in Hamburg along the harbor.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Brian Geldmacher says:

    The bricked-over arch in front of the building was originally the front entrance. The steps came down to the sidewalk.

    1. Jessica M Renshaw says:

      I used to go to this school from preschool to 7th grade in the 90’s.

      1. Chris Naffziger says:

        Jessica, do you have a relative named Laura who works at the Art Museum?

      2. Jessica M Renshaw says:

        Nope i don’t have a relative that works at art museum.

  2. Amanda Loughlin says:

    The interior of the church reminds me of St. Francis Xavier (1948-1950) in KCMO, designed by Barry Byrne. Byrne developed his ideal plan for the Catholic church that integrated sanctuary and nave, writing about this design development in Liturgical Arts (among other publications; Architectural Record spotlighted the church, for instance). I’m so curious if Byrne via St. Francis Xavier (and St Columba in St Paul) inspired the architects of this building. It’s beautiful none-the-less!

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Interesting! I will have to take a look.

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