St. Paul's Church
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Architect Louis H. Sullivan
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Location Cedar Rapids, Iowa   map
Date 1910 to 1914   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System brick bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Context suburban
Style Early Modern






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Discussion St. Paul's Church Commentary

The Creator's Words

"A building quite devoid of ornament may convey a noble and dignified sentiment by virtue of mass and proportion."

"That which exists in spirit ever seeks and finds its visible counterpart in form, its visible image...a living thought, a living form."

"...the architect who combines in his being the powers of vision , of imagination, of intellect, of sympathy with human need and the power to interpret them in a language vernacular and true—is he who shall create poems in stone..."

— Louis H. Sullivan. from Paul Heyer. Architects on Architecture: New Directions in America. p20, 21.

Sources on St. Paul's Church

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. binuclear diagram, p205. — Updated edition available at

Paul Heyer. Architects on Architecture: New Directions in America. New York: Walker and Company, 1966. LC 66-22504. discussion p20, 21.

Hugh Morrison. Louis Sullivan: Prophet of Modern Architecture. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1935. photo of exterior, f76, p376. plan drawing, f16, p215. -->

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about St. Paul's Church


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