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Best Modern Church Architecture 

The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption

Leave it to the Catholics to take faith to fringes in ways that may not be so bad. The construction of St. Mary's was part of a larger movement to revitalize the structure and order of the Roman Catholic Church in the late '60s. Revitalizing a 2,000-year-old religion meant changing and modernizing ways of expressing faith in practices, and that even extended into architecture. The cathedral was designed by famed Italian designer Pietro Belluschi, dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning at the time, and dedicated in 1971. Primarily a minimalist edifice, the ceiling and dome are the most controversial details of the building among church members to this day. It strongly resembles the agitator of a washing machine, thus earning the nickname "Our Lady of Maytag Cathedral." Totally puts a new spin on new religious architecture, right?

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