Sunday, December 17, 2006
Holy Family Catholic Church, in Whitefish Bay.
Built in 1969, it's a delightful collection of funky ideas and common Mid-Century design elements, assembled with a sure and steady hand. Its time period can be identified, but it's not dated.
The stained glass is very restrained in its color pallette, mostly in muted tones of yellows, browns, and purples. The effect is decorative but not overwhelming.
But the centerpiece element is a curved wall punctured by a couple dozen porthole windows, filled with stained glass:
It's a creative interpretation of the massive stained glass windows that often appear behind the church alter. And as the sun travels across it, the curves and shadows change and play across each other to delightful effect. Love it!