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Apr 29 2013

Community of Christ Temple – Independence, Missouri

Category: Beautiful DoorsLori @ 3:26 pm Comments (12)

Last week I had a whirlwind trip to Kansas City, Missouri for Code Jeopardy at DHI’s MoKan Chapter meeting, and another code class which was held at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.  The venue was amazing and the local SSC did a fabulous job of coordinating everything.  Thank you to everyone who attended!

Check out the auditorium at JCCC’s Nerman Museum:

Kansas Presentation

As usual, I sought out some doors of interest for y’all, although I have to admit, the doors on the Community of Christ Temple are somewhat eclipsed by the sanctuary spiral.  I’ve never seen anything like it, at least not as an architectural feature.  The design by Gyo Obata of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, is based on the nautilus seashell, and the ceiling is 195 feet above the sanctuary floor.  Breathtaking.

Here’s an aerial view from Google Maps:

Independence Temple


The bronze doors and transom panel with a message of peace:

Peace Doors

Door Close Up


The doors are hung on floor closers:

Floor Closer

The interior vestibule doors have exit alarms:

Emergency Exit

These surface bolts are for holding the doors in the open position:

Surface Bolt a

Stained glass from the exterior:

Stained Glass Exterior

And from the interior – the design signifies the harvest of wheat and race, food staples of the Eastern and Western world:

Stained Glass

This etched glass portal leading to the sanctuary is another beautiful opening:

Etched Glass Portal

I’m not sure these doors are wide enough to provide 32″ clear opening width:

Egress Pairs

The pulls on all of the entrance doors and many interior doors:


I like the effect of the push plates standing off the face of the door:

Push Plate

The view from the sanctuary up into the spiral:


And unrelated except that I took this photo at my presentation in Kansas City (not at the temple), what do you think of this exit?  Acceptable or blocked?

Palm Tree Exit

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12 Responses to “Community of Christ Temple – Independence, Missouri”

  1. Safecrackin Sammy says:

    Beautiful pics!

    One week in KCMO and Ya’ll are using the word “Ya’ll”!

    The offset push plate is nice. Would like to see the mount config.

    I would not want the job of “Sprial Light Bulb Replacer”

    The last door does appear to have more than 5% of the tree covering the door……

    Glad you had a good time and a safe trip

  2. Chuck Park says:

    I wouldn’t say that exit is blocked, but it is partially obscured.
    If I was the AHJ, I’d have them relocate that potted plant.

  3. Mark Handler says:

    I only see a couple ADA violations….

  4. Lee Francisco says:

    It was nice to finally meet you in person and thanks for coming to visit us.
    I agree that the tree is blocking the exit but what about the color of the door and frame? Looks pretty similar to the wall.

    • Lori says:

      It was great meeting you too, Lee!

      A lot of the doors and frames were painted the same as the walls. Because there’s no specific standard in the US codes for contrast between the door and the wall, or the hardware and the door, it would be up to the AHJ to determine if the exits are visible enough. At least the hardware is obvious…I’ve seen applications where the architect wanted the door and the hardware to be invisible.

  5. Craig says:

    I received the card today, thanks for remembering (though I would have loved to have had the oppurtunity to torment Ted and his team). The class was greatly appreciated and enjoyable. Had I the time, I would have been able to get you a tour of the museum from the staff, a few of which are good friends of mine, okay, drinking buddies, same thing. Next time you are in town, have Myles and Denny bring you by my shop.

    • Lori says:

      My mission is to protect Ted and his team from torment! I’ll definitely have them bring me by your shop the next time! 🙂

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