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First Unitarian Church, view of tower and preserved gables, Architect John Grossman

Photo by Rick Watson.

 

The original historic remains of the structure are an example of reflective nostalgia. The contemporary reconstruction represents a form of restorative nostalgia. Although the design is contemporary, it still is in keeping with the original historic design of the church.

 

The restored sections, with a more modern, simple approach, can be considered a part of Fujimori's White School. However, there are specifics about the restoration that could fall into Fujimori's Red School. For example, the hand-made, rough detailing of the ironwork is one of a kind and, as far as I know, specific to this building alone. The very idea of blending building styles, contemporary with historically traditional, in the refurbishment is more of a Red School approach. The simple, clean lines and the many wide open windows fit Fujimori's White School.

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Taken on January 31, 2010