John Randal McDonald in Florida

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sl8w
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John Randal McDonald in Florida

Post by sl8w »

Does anybody know of a source or listing of John Randal McDonald houses in Florida? I suspect that I live near one in Winter Park, Florida, but don't know for sure. I know the house (which, incidentally, is scheduled for demolition), was built in 1960, but the building records are archived and it would cost $50/hour for someone to research it for me.



Thanks in advance.



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Mark Hertzberg
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Post by Mark Hertzberg »

I just called Mrs. McDonald. She will research the Florida work and get back to me over the weekend (she is busy now, as I called). I will post the reply.



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DRN
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Re: John Randal McDonald in Florida

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I’m rereading Chad Randl’s book “A-frame” and I decided to Google the name of a building pictured in the book, but not attributed to an architect. The building is Grace Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, a three gabled A-frame with what appear to be Wrightian flourishes. According to the church website scan of the dedication program, the building was designed by JRMcD in 1960-61.

http://www.grace-lutheran.com/images/hi ... cation.pdf

A Google image search:
https://www.google.com/search?q=grace+l ... v&hl=en-US

JRMcD also designed a Church of Christ at 601 South Hercules Avenue in Clearwater, Florida:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/electrospark/4512123807

The dramatic spire has since been removed...a victim of storm damage?
http://clearwaterchurchofchrist.com/ind ... emorabilia
http://clearwaterchurchofchrist.com/ (current exterior pics and one of the sanctuary interior)
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Roderick Grant
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Re: John Randal McDonald in Florida

Post by Roderick Grant »

This is obviously a church of the Missouri Synod, which is German. The Norwegian Lutherans aren't as showy.

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Re: John Randal McDonald in Florida

Post by DRN »

Having grown up in a Maryland Synod church in Wilmington, DE with a Pennsylvania "Dutch"(now Pennsylvania German) mother from Hamburg PA, I remember her eyes going askance when a, perish the thought, MISSOURI Synod church formed and opened less than a mile away.
Life went on just as before....

I do however find it interesting how many Lutheran churches in the US built A-frame based buildings from 1955-1975.

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