The featured article in Mississippi Architect’s September 1963 issue is Calvary Baptist Church in Meridian. Calvary is still going strong it appears, and you can see a color picture of the interior and those long thin stained glass windows on their website.
As always, you can see the original article in its original setting through the wonders of modern scanning technology.
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH
DEAN and PURSELL, A.I.A.
Here was a new building to be located on a new site, a structure which was to serve an independent purpose for the present, and later be fitted in with a long-range program of future development.
The architects worked with a pastor and congregation who were ready to accept a solution to the problem based on the use of contemporary materials and methods, without the arbitrary restrictions imposed by the requirement of traditional design.
A contract for $253,000 was let to build the 22,718-square-foot building. It is of reinforced concrete and masonry, and therefore substantial and fire-resistive. It also has a feeling of airy lightness produced by translucent panel walls and open corridors and stairways. Harmony of color and contrasts in light and shadow were studied with care for exterior and interior effects.
A chapel for worship, with deeply-tinted glass windows, lighting to create a spiritual atmosphere, and specially designed ornamental stone.
Educational space for teaching, with translucent walls panels, simple finishes with gray colors.
A free-standing tower of concrete topped with a metal cross reaches above the other elements to unify the whole.
This article is reprinted from the September 1963 issue of the Mississippi Architect, with permission from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. View the full September 1963 issue of Mississippi Architect in a digitized format, or for other articles in this ongoing series, including the pdf version of each full issue, click on the MSArcht tab at the top of this page.