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Christ the King Lutheran Church (First Presbyterian Church)

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1969, C. Murray Smart and Gayle Witherspoon. 406 W. Central Ave.

The Lutheran church purchased this red brick building in the 1990s from a Presbyterian congregation that had moved to a larger structure on a new site. Comfortably occupying two residential lots within the Central Street Historic District, this church projects a relatively modest scale in harmony with the residences along the street. A tall freestanding brick bell tower of red brick topped by a cross announces the church, which is set farther back behind a lawn. The tower’s simple angular form is echoed in the shape of the modernist sanctuary, which with its verticality, lancet windows, and exposed wooden roof structure reflects traditional Gothic forms. Inside, the brick walls and floors, concealed interior lighting, colored faceted glass in the windows, handcrafted wood furnishings, and paired wooden roof members supported by brick buttresses are modern in their design, but historical in their references.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors
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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Christ the King Lutheran Church (First Presbyterian Church)", [Bentonville, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AR-01-BN8.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 28-29.

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