Though we're not always aware of them, Rochester has some pretty special architectural gems. For example, I once spoke with an Italian exchange student who was delighted to see in person the First Unitarian Church (at 220 S. Winton Road), which he had seen in slides in an art-history course back home. The building was designed by internationally renowned architect Louis Kahn, who created the unique sanctuary space in 1962. It was described as one of "the most significant works of religious architecture of the century" in the New York Times by Paul Goldberger, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning architectural critic. Its exterior and ceiling are characterized by fascinating details that allow indirect natural light into the space.
A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the building will take place at the church on Friday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature guest speaker and architect Terrance Goode, who will speak about Louis Kahn and the building, as well as commentary by Cynthia Howk of The Landmark Society. An exhibit on floor plans and materials relating to construction of the building will be on display in the church's gallery. The event is free to attend. For more information, call 271-9070 or visit rochesterunitarian.org.