Skip to content

Two in Ohio

August 15, 2016

OHsandusky1Congo OHwellington1Congo

The octagonal auditorium was an almost perfect acoustic shape and its sight lines put the majority of the congregation in close visual contact with the pulpit. Structurally the octagon resolved itself into a compression ring with eight bent girders balanced against it, resulting in one clear unobstructed space. Until you’ve been in one of these, its quality is difficult to describe.

Both of these examples are in Ohio: Sandusky left and Wellington right. It is remarkable that their exteriors are different (one Romanesque, the other a tepid Gothic Revival), which make my point about the A-A: different styles; identical function. Both are Congregational (UCC), by the way, but they could just as readily be Methodist or Presbyterian.

Here we can also see the tendency toward a single central skylight; windows were decidedly secondary.

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: