Holy Spirit Catholic Church
The first phase of a master plan created by CDH Partners for the Holy Spirit Catholic Church included a new sanctuary that seats over 800, a recreational and Parish Hall, and a small day chapel seating 100. The facility also contains classrooms and multiuse areas.
Parish leaders expressed a desire to unite their existing facility to a new contemporary sanctuary. Architects for CDH accomplished this by following the design pattern of the early 20th century Romanesque Revival period. Brick used to detail this structure was based on that period; its coloring is similar to brick used in the churches of Tuscan, Italy.
Among the notable masonry features is the stair-stepped pattern of brick over the entrance. This area juts out three feet from the main surface of the wall. This structure won the 1994 Award of Excellence from the Masonry Association of Georgia. It has also won a Brick In Architecture award.
The exterior walls contain over 350,000 bricks. Eighty-eight tons of green slate from Vermont was used in the roof’s construction. A series of copper lightning conductors were designed for the roofline. The last of which is encased in a five-foot tall finial in the shape of a fleur-de-lis.
The church’s tower serves as a strong architectural feature and as a beacon to the surrounding community. It highlights the main entrance to the worship center making the building easy to recognize and navigate for visitors. Interior surfaces of wood, stone, brass, slate, and hand crafted stained glass windows add a sense of warmth and grandeur to this worship facility.
Archdiocese of Atlanta
2002 Bricks in Architecture Award