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Architects Design Splits Catholic Church into Two Pieces

Located on a wonderfully rural site north of Plantersville, Texas, the century old catholic community at St. Mary’s Catholic Church engaged the Worship Place Studio of Ziegler Cooper Architects to develop a strategy that would enable the growing parish to expand their beloved sanctuary and to add needed restrooms and accessibility. The church was not interested in a new sanctuary and they were not interested in a ‘big change’.  After watching an episode of ‘Mega-movers’ several of the church’s leaders challenged Ziegler Cooper Architects to come up with a design that would allow them to grow………..literally.

The innovative design includes cutting the existing church in half and stretching it 30 feet. The new space, seating about 140 more parishioners will be done in such a way that it will match the wonderful hand painted bead board interior finishes, new windows will match the gothic arched leaded glass windows of the old church and even the rustic pews will be matched down to every detail. It was necessary to study and profile all the existing wood trim and to be faithful to the construction techniques and joinery of the existing interior detailing. A glass connector will join the original historic structure to a new accessible lobby, restroom block and a new reconciliation room. The excitement of the community is high with everyone looking forward to moving into their renovated sanctuary in November of 2010. Fretz Construction Company is doing the handiwork under the detailed eye of Johnny Krezinski and Cherry House Movers provided the “Mega-movers” technology.

Ziegler Cooper Architects recently celebrated their 32nd anniversary and has four studios — Work Place, Living Place, Learning Place and Worship Place. For further information, contact Sarah De Ita, CPSM at 713.374.0075, or visit our website at www.zieglercooper.com

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