First Christian Church (Del City)

Designed by R. Duane Conner
1957
4340 SE 15th, Del City

Conner’s fold plate roof design for this modern suburban church was as dramatic as it was economical.

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The structural engineer for the project was Warren Sullivan, and the innovative design was featured in issue #64 of Concrete in Architecture magazine.  Here’s the church under construction and shortly after it was completed:

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first christian del city interior 1957

The church was painted white and the cross on the front was replaced around 2012 and here’s what the church looks like today:

First Christian Church Del City 2014

(Vintage photos from the OPUBCO collection at the History Center.)