760 East Westleigh Road

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Loebl, Schlossman & Bennett
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The shiny, southward-rising aluminum walls and two adjacent slashes of windows east and west of the mid-century modern Chapel at Woodlands date from the mid-century modern period.  It compares with its contemporary Air Force Academy Chapel, near Colorado Springs, CO, that was designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), Chicago.  The Woodlands Chapel’s dramatic stance echoes mmore directly also Frank Lloyd Wright’s c. 1950 wood-frame Unitarian Society, Madison, and a small masonry church that followed Wright’s lead as well, Le Corbusier’s Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp, France, completed in 1955.  In the best spirit of modernism, the Woodlands Chapel pursued new formal direction while also employing a new material.  Preservation of this small modernist gem in Lake Forest lends distinction to the local diversity in architectural styles.