MCM Religion in Weslaco

Grace Church, Weslaco, 1951, R. Newell Waters

Comparable to the streamlined neocolonial houses of Enrique León de la Barra in Matamoros were the conservative modern buildings produced by established architects on the Texan side of the border. R. Newell Waters’s Grace Church in Weslaco of 1951 is a modern Regionalist design emphasizing extreme material clarity and simplicity.

Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Presbyterian Church, Weslaco, 1951, William C. Baxter, John F. Ring, Associates

William C. Baxter and John F. Ring’s First Presbyterian Church in Weslaco, also of 1951, reflected Scandinavian influences in the low pitch of its gabled roof, the off-center glass entrance bay, and the low, thin tower. Regionalism enabled established Texan architects to assimilate to modern practices without totally abandoning historical models and an emphasis on masonry and wood and craftwork. Text and Photos by Stephen Fox.

First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church

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