I just finished this watercolor painting of one of my favorite works of architecture from the 20th Century.  Completed in 1954 on a hilltop in the French countryside near Belfort, this church was designed by the famous French architect Le Corbusier.  As architectural students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, many of us admired this building through photographs, and I had the great opportunity to go see the church in person when I was living in Europe in 1978-79.  I remember the trek to the site being a bit arduous, as it was not necessarily easy to find.  One has to take the train to Belfort, then walk to it from the station.  I recall asking several locals along the way in order to confirm we were still on the right track.  It seemed this landmark was very well-known to the architectural world, but not so much for the locals or the general public.  What I always loved about the design of this church is its flowing forms of white curves and deep cut openings in thick walls filled with colored glass.  Brutal in its beauty, with just the essential statements of significant elements–the altars, the steps and podium and the cross–all done with a simplicity at that time unique to Le Corbusier.  It’s a very singular work by a unique artist that influenced many contemporary and future architects around the world.  It’s funny I think back on my visit there in 1978–and I realize now that the building was only 24 years old at that time–though I thought of the 1950’s as ancient history.  The building was built two years before I was born !  This year the church turns 66 years old–I feel privileged to have seen it when it was young–even if I didn’t realize it at the time !