Richard Neutra / Claremont Methodist Church
Claremont United Methodist Church (Originally Claremont Methodist Church) in Claremont, CA by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander (1959) and rebuilt by Dion Neutra (1968).
I was in Claremont this past weekend and my friend Danny at Modern for All asked if I had ever been to the Neutra church in town. I hadn't, so off I went. With fires nearby and pandemic restrictions in place, I was just expecting to do a smokey drive by. However, there was a car parked in front when I arrived. With camera in hand, the lady in the car asked if I was there for the architecture. After asking me a series of health questions, she invited me in--masked up of course. She turned out to be the Lead Pastor, Rev. Karen Clark Ristine. Coincidentally she used to live in San Diego. Rev Clark gave me five minutes to take photos of their beautiful church.
The original sanctuary was completed in 1959. Trademark Neutra touches like spider legs and clerestory windows are evident in the design. The walls are asymmetrical for acoustics. The seating is asymmetrical so the pews center on the pulpit and the building centers on the altar.