Docomomo US will begin its 7th annual national Tour Day program at the First Presbyterian Church on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Stamford, Connecticut. The Docomomo Tour brings together architects, designers, historians, enthusiasts, and organizations for exclusive tours and related events devoted to the appreciation of US modern architecture and mid-20th century design. Tomorrow's event at the First Presbyterian Church is the first of more than 50 Tour Days in 23 states throughout October.
Built by architect Wallace K. Harrison, the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford is also known as The Fish Church because of its fish-like shape. The Fish Church is -- excuse the pun -- quite a gem with its interior that is bathed in a sapphire light and made of 20,000 pieces of dalle de verre glass in 86 hues.
At the altar stands a Visser-Rowland (Opus 87) organ. The instrument is a 4-manual, 51-stop, 74-rank organ with 4,026 pipes, 244 keys on 4 keyboards and 32 pedals. The church's Minister of Music will demonstrate the church's acoustics during tomorrow's Tour Day. A 1979 painting of the Crucifix by Harrison can also be found inside.
Outside, the obelisk-like carillon tower next to the church adds to the overall unique grandeur of Harrison's structure. Not to mention the tower is also installed with 56 bells.
Visitors for the Docomomo tour at The Fish Church are sure in for a treat. The event will also include a 1 p.m. panel of experts moderated by Kyle May, principal at Abrahams-May Architects and Editor in Chief of CLOG. The panel will discuss the architectural, structural, and religious significance of The Fish Church. Afterward, the audience will get to participate in a Q-and-A session about the structure.
All photos by Robert Gregson
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