Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Milwaukee

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#6 of 11 in Historic Sites in Milwaukee
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States, was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956, and completed in 1961. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church is one of Wright's last works; construction was completed after his death. The design is informed by traditional Byzantine architectural forms, reinterpreted by Wright to suit the modern context. The church's shallow scalloped dome echoes his Marin County Civic Center.DesignAccording to architectural historian and Wright scholar Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, “When he received a commission for a church for the Milwaukee Hellenic Community, Wright consulted his wife, who was brought up in the Greek Orthodox faith, about the predominant symbols of the church. “The cross and the dome,” was her reply.” These two architectural forms dominate the design. The floor plan itself is a Greek cross. Wide arches support the upper level, or balcony. The roof dome sits atop an inverted dome, or bowl. Through simplification and abstraction of the forms, Wright succeeded in artfully translating the cross and the dome from their historical Byzantine context to the vastly dissimilar setting of the twentieth-century American Midwest.While Wright’s design was inspired by traditional Byzantine forms and the Hagia Sophia in particular, the church was not meant as a purely historicist tribute; rather, it was an update and reinterpretation of architectural forms very much alive. In a letter dated September 9, 1958—when the project was well into the working drawings stages—Wright explained: “The edifice is in itself a complete work of modern art and science belonging to today but dedicated to ancient tradition—contributing to Tradition instead of living upon it.”
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  • We visited this church on a Monday. While the church interior was closed, we could drive right up to the church and examine the architecture from outside. Really easy to do.  more »
  • Worth a visit. The Greek Orthadox service is unique, so you might want to go during a Sunday morning service to get the full effect as Wright intended.  more »
  • This place is absolutely beautiful. I grew up right around the corner, and it's always amazing to go in and see the beautiful masterpiece.  more »
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  • Unique Frank Lloyd Wright architecture worth a visit. Friendly staff for the "Doors Open" event.
  • What a beautiful structure. One marvels at the mind of its Creator. How I would love to visit this magnificent edifice. The congregation is to be congratulated for choosing the right architect who departed from traditional Byzanitine architecture and yet incorporated much of it in a new and pleasing form. You chose the "right" man to design your Church. May it stand forever as a monument to our Greek Orthodox Faith!
  • The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956. Wright died in 1959, two years before the church was completed. On either side of the church are sunken gardens.  It is difficult to believe this was designed and built 50+ years ago - it would appear modern if built today. It is best to contact them concerning tours. Previously there were open tour hours however, this has changed. (Of course you can simply go slightly after a Sunday service.) Unless there has been a change in policy, you cannot take pictures inside the church. The interior is deceptive. What appears so large on the outside is significantly small inside. (It’s the angles.) It is an amazing piece of architecture.
  • Absolutely beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright design.
  • Such a beautiful church
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