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St. Gabriel the Archangel
Architects: Adolf F. and Arthur Stauder, 1950

Wrought in angular masses of cut limestone, St. Gabriel's Art Deco style is a sharp and fascinating contrast to the English cottage-style houses and Tudor apartment buildings that surround it. The church faces the broad green space of Francis Park on the southwestern edge of the city; the neighborhood is a latecomer to the city, laid out in 1929.

Within, the church is spare but suprisingly traditional in decoration. The innovative seating layout places two wide fans of pews under a low ceiling on either side of the much higher central nave. The building went up in 1950, long after the heyday of its style.

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