First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ Sanctuary / Constantine George Pappas AIA Architecture/Planning

© David Rose

Architect: Constantine George Pappas AIA Architecture/ Planning
Location: Rochester, , United States
General Contractor: Frank Rewold and Sons, Inc.
Project Area: 21,000 gross sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: David Rose

AD Classics: First Unitarian Church of Rochester / Louis Kahn

© Ed Brodzinsky

was known for his infusion of culture and creating a sense of place within modern architecture.  Although it may not be as well known as some of his other projects around the world, the First Unitarian Church in Rochester, is one of Kahn’s most impressive works.  Completed slightly after the Salk Institute in 1967, it replaced their previous church that was designed by Richard Upjohn, founder of the AIA, which was demolished during urban redevelopment in Rochester.  The First Unitarian Church combines modern design aesthetic with traditional Unitarian values that promotes community and unites everyone at the heart of the building, the sanctuary.