Traditional Building Magazine published an article about a new church that was just built. Saint Mary, Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church in Aiken, South Carolina was established in 1853 with the original structure being destroyed by a tornado in 1878.
This new structure is beautiful with it’s front atrium, modern to fit in with surrounding downtown buildings, and innovative with it’s wooden ciborium painted to look like marble.
Originally, the new church was designed and budgeted to hold 800, but the bishop decided it needed to hold 1000. The final structure is a 25,000 sq. ft. cruciform Romanesque-style church. The article talks not only about the specifics of the structure, but how they worked with budget constraints.
Also, the parishes website has some wonderful renderings of the project. Click here.