Temple Emanu El contains one of the most spiritually moving worship spaces in Houston. MacKie and Kamrath's use of external symmetry to organize the temple complex and the dexterous way in which they subdivided the interior to provide both worship space and an adjoining community hall are impressive. It is, however, their orchestration of space and light in the worship space that is so spiritually elevating. The floor slopes down as the roof rises and windows inset beneath the rising eaves admit daylight and views of the sky.
Across the street from Emanu El is the First Christian Church of 1958 by Brown and McKim at 1600 Sunset Boulevard. The high-ceilinged nave is walled with glass but sheltered beneath a tall, solid roof. Brick screen walls outside the nave prevent passing traffic from distracting worshippers. Substantial but deferential additions along Cherokee Street were made by Merriman Holt Architects in 2005.