Modernist Gems in . . . Booneville?

Well, I didn’t start out the week with intention of having a Modernism theme, but since we’ve had three days of it, it just seems right throw in some pictures I took a few months ago on a road trip through Booneville, way up in the northeast corner of the state. I haven’t done anything with them up until now because I haven’t been able to find any juicy bits of information about them to pass along. But since we’re having so much fun with cool Modern stuff this week, I thought, whatever, maybe someone out there will know all about them and tell us what they know.

The funky A-frame, blue-glass, and masonry-screened Booneville Church of Christ brought me to an almost-screeching halt in the middle of the highway, and I did an illegal U-turn to pull into the empty parking lot intending to just take a few exterior pictures. But, as I went up to get a closer look at the doors, I realized that one was slightly propped open. It was a Wednesday afternoon, so I figured someone might be inside getting ready for church, but no one was there. I couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of the wonderfully blue foyer and the totally cool sanctuary (I’m not sure if I’m supposed to say that sanctuaries are totally cool, but really, what other phrase can be applied here?)

After getting over that excitement, I headed downtown and found this nice little medical clinic that appears to be of the same early-1960s period. Both buildings are wonderfully maintained and appear to have kept almost all of their original features (except for that large wooden staircase in the church’s foyer, which looks more recent).

Googling the Church of Christ told me that the church was built in 1961, but nothing else about the actual building. If y’all know more about these buildings, feel free to chime in.

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Categories: Architectural Research, Booneville, Churches, Cool Old Places, Hospitals/Medical, Modernism, Recent Past

4 replies

  1. What a great find. I love those spherical light fixtures.


  2. I’d never have imagined such Modern coolness lurked in Booneville! Your peripatetic wanderings certainly pay off!


  3. Love the photos of the church. I wonder if the people who attend services there every Sunday appreciate the beauty of the building or if that appreciation is dulled by familiarity? I also wonder exactly what “peripatetic” means–guess I’ll check that out after I post this.



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