Carlton Oaks Lutheran Church

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    Architect: Robert Des Lauriers (1960)
    Address: Santee, CA
    This project received an AIA award of merit in 1960. The concrete structure and stained glass cut outs are reminiscent of Le Corbusier's Notre Dame Du Haut. The thin-shell roof structure is a hyperbolic paraboloid.

    The doors were locked and there was nobody around to ask, so I couldn't go inside.

    Go to for more information on this architect.

    Norman-, elena097365, Cristiane_78, and 29 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. scleroplex 25 months ago | reply

      a mathematical delight :-)

    2. s_p_o_c 25 months ago | reply

      Too bad you couldn’t take a picture from the inside ... Can imagine that the light from all the small windows gives the wall a very special appearance… There are quite a few who have been inspired by the chapel in Ronchamp. Not so surprising perhaps, it's an amazing building…

    3. nobru2607 25 months ago | reply

      Nice photo, and beautiful structure.

    4. muralii nair 25 months ago | reply

      Well framed!!!!

    5. Filemon Mojik 25 months ago | reply

      Paraboloide Hiperbolico!!! :)

    6. Architectural Historian 25 months ago | reply

      Very cool, love the cut out symbols. But what is that peeling off on the corner?

    7. Chimay Bleue 25 months ago | reply

      Yes, those are strips of wood cladding. Unfortunately, the building is in pretty bad shape.

    8. Mad Modern 25 months ago | reply

      Lord have mercy.....
      1) Stunning photo
      2) What I wouldn't give to magically transform this into a dream house in La Jolla! :)

    9. Chimay Bleue 25 months ago | reply

      It does have a simple elegance to it, doesn't it? It was upsetting to see it in such bad shape.

    10. French Disko 25 months ago | reply

      Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing.

    11. J-nas 25 months ago | reply

      The scale is crazy, how tall are those yellow front doors? 10 feet?

    12. Chimay Bleue 25 months ago | reply

      More like 8 ft, probably...

    13. faraway3000 25 months ago | reply

      Good shot. The sky helps, too. More of this church?

    14. Chimay Bleue 25 months ago | reply

      I didn't take any more shots of it that day. But I will go back when I can get the interior and also get a few more exterior shots, as well. Thanks!

    15. mistergreen 25 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous! I've got to get down to San Diego and check out some of these beautiful buildings you've shared!

    16. vin_do_bona 25 months ago | reply

      I like the fish-,square- and symbolwindows placed in the wall

    17. evan.chakroff 25 months ago | reply

      This is great - really enjoying the whole california modern series...

    18. grumman871 24 months ago | reply

      There one in Boca Raton Florida, that I drive by every so often,which looks a lot like this church. Very nice !

    19. WombatPPC1 [deleted] 22 months ago | reply

      Thats a real nice building. Shame you wasnt able to enter. It does indeed look a little neglected. :-(

    20. vivagirlco 15 months ago | reply

      Great photo of a great looking building ... loving that slope!

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