UUCW’s facility at 13001 W. North Avenue in Brookfield was built in two phases, with both parts designed by architect Ken Kurtz. The original building was completed in 1966. During the development of the plans and the capital campaign to raise funds for the building, a report of the Building Development Committee in May 1964 stated,
“We want our building to have a sense of history. It need not copy old forms and ideas but it should honor the spirit of those whose conscience and conviction made our present attitudes possible … We want our building to be a place for education in the broadest sense of the term. It should help adults and children to grow in understanding, stimulate them in their own quest for truth, and challenge them to become better, not merely more knowledgeable.”
At the groundbreaking on May 2, 1965, church members brought shovels and participated. Construction moved quickly, with members playing a major role in finishing the inside of the building. They planted trees as well. The first worship service in the new building was held on February 20, 1966, even though painting and electrical work remained to be done. In 1969 more land was purchased for parking space, and in 1989 a new building with a larger sanctuary, an office for the Director of Music, larger kitchen, and five new classrooms was completed.
In 2005 we purchased the 2 1/2 acres of land adjoining the church to the east, and in 2008 a labyrinth was installed on that land. We’re currently remodeling the East Entryway of the church, to incorporate a greater sense of welcome and safety, as well as better shelter from the elements for those who drop off passengers at the doors. The new East Entryway will feature a high angled canopy and new lighting. It was designed by AG Architecture, and will be constructed with a number of green materials and methods, in keeping with our commitment as a Green Sanctuary church.