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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