Just for Fun - Descriptions of the 1958 Building
Read these descriptions from the dedication booklet for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in 1958. Some of the descriptions are delightful and others are a little frightful (pink and green together, folding doors, paneling, abestos tiles, and black velvet!). My how time has changed!
Delightful: "As we approach the building our attention is caught by the open A-shaped bell tower which soars toward the heavens pointing our eyes to Him Whom we worship and praise. The outside of the tower is covered with handsplit cedar shakes. It is crowned with the Trinity cross with three arms, one for each person of the Trinity, and a circle which symbolizes eternity or endlessness of our God."
Frightful: "The nave isles and chancel floors are covered with marbalized red vinyl-asbestos tile
Delightful: "On each side of the altar are two high windows running from the floor to the roof. A strip of brillant colors, alternating deep reds and blues, runs through the center of each window with imported antique glass on each side of the colored stripe."
Frightful: "The roof decing is covered on the outside with white asbestor shingles. The inside of the decking is finished natural."
Delightful: "As we look to the chancel we see the furniture following the modern lines of the building. The chancel and choir screens utilize opaque glass and wrought iron crosses for panels and supports giving the effect of lightness and openess."
Frightful: "As we enter the building through rose-colored doors which add color and life to the quiet grays in the brick and the cool greens used on the exterior wood."
Delightful: "By keeping the roof lines high, it is possible to have adequate and generous amounts of nature lighting in all areas of this hall. The end windows are glazed with antique glass and will form the background for the Sunday School worship center."
Frightful: "We step into the narthex which is finished with natural tenex paneling. There is a convientent coat closest behind a folding door."
Delightful: "Off the parish hall are the kitchen, the bathrooms, the pasto's study and the sacristy. The kitchedn has a serving window which opens into the parish hall for conveinent serving. The cabinets are finished in natureal birtch."
Frightful: "The modern pews catch our attention with their wrought iron legs instead of the usual heavy wooden legs. A small shield attached to the end of the pew serves as an armrest."
Delightful: "A unique feature of the alter is its free-standing style which permits the officiant to step behind it for various parts of the service."
Frightful: "Separated from the nave by a folding door is the parish hall..."
Delightful: "The serprent and the fruit represent the sin from which we are made free. This freedom is ours through the cross which is the last symbol on the window."
Frightful: "The kneeling cushions in font of the communion rail are covered with rich black velvet."
Delightful: "The new site is large enough to allow for ample parking area and future expansion. It is located in the fastest growing section of our city. The beautiful homes in the area and the natural beauty of the wooded lot enhance the setting. Its proximit to the corner of Hartness Road and Radio Road places it near one of the most commonly known intersections of our town."
The average cost of a gallon of gas in 1958 was 25¢.
During the 1950s, cars continued to get bigger and boxier. The most well known 50s car...the pink Cadillac.
Voices rocking the airwaves in 1958: Elvis Presley, Billie Holiday, Ricky Nelson, Frank Sinatra, The Everly Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Wham-O introduced the Hula-Hoop in 1958; over 100 million are sold.
In 1958, you would have been able to see The Bridge and the River Kwai, Gigi, or South Pacific.
Popular tv shows from 1958: "Candid Camera", "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Jack Benny Show", and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents".
Fashion continued to move from formal to more casual as the 50s progressed. Women began to wear "peddle pushers" in place of dresses around the home. Teen girls could be seen wearing poodle skirts, tight sweaters, and scarves. Boys may have worn bowling shirts, leather jackets, and styles reflecting popular icons like Elvis Presley.