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Holy Family Catholic Community

A New Catholic Church: This project was to build a completely new Catholic church for a rural Maryland parish.

Program features included a worship space seating approximately 500 people, sanctuary, baptistery, reservation chapel, reconciliation chapel, stations of the cross, sacristy, narthex, daily mass chapel, church offices, restrooms, and other support space, and an exterior garden cloister. The project also included parking and drop off areas for the building.

The project was notable for several reasons:

  • The church was designed according to Vatican II requirements, and included the baptistery at the entrance to the church, a separate chapel of reservation for contemplation of the Host, and had worship seating in the round.
  • The liturgical consultant for the project was an important part of the design team.
  • The project included liturgical furnishings, artwork, and icons created by the project’s liturgical consultant. The art pieces were carefully integrated into the overall design of the building.
  • The building was constructed in a rural agrarian setting and takes its design cues from monastic architecture. Its massing includes barn-like forms reminiscent of adjacent vernacular farm architecture. The facility has an exterior cloister garden.
  • This project received a Faith and Form Religious Art and Architecture Award, and was featured in the Environment and Art Newsletter. It was also featured in Concrete Masonry Designs magazine.

The total Construction Cost for the project was approximately $3,000,000, delivered under a traditional design-bid-build contract.

Carter Architectural Design staff led, managed, and designed this project while employed at Noelker and Hull Associates Architects.