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Broadway Church of Christ

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1950, Haynes and Kirby. 1924 Broadway St.

The Church of Christ was the first of the midcentury megachurches built along Broadway. Massive in size and scale, the Lombard Romanesque–styled shell of the church is faced with buff brick and terra-cotta trim. The Broadway elevation consists of a trio of major and minor arched entrance portals grouped beneath arched second-floor windows set beneath a gable detailed with raking arched corbel tables. A tall tower rises near the rear of the nave. The church seats 2,200 worshippers. Stolid, earnest, and reliable are the virtues Haynes and Kirby’s architecture evokes.

Three blocks west at 2201 Broadway, the First Baptist Church (1951, Butler-Brasher Company, with Eggers and Higgins) is another medieval-styled megachurch. It is an austere abstracted interpretation of Romanesque with a 147-foot high tower.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Broadway Church of Christ", [Lubbock, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 383-383.

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