South Main Baptist Church, Houston
Located in Houston’s developing Midtown, the church sought to update its facilities and present a more visible and welcoming “front door” to the community. The new Welcome Center forms a transition in style between the beautiful, richly detailed Romanesque sanctuary and the spare, flat roofed education buildings. A new glass walkway above the existing cloister connects second floor education spaces to the sanctuary, also located on the second level. Renovation of existing buildings created a more light-filled, appealing environment. A second phase of work renovated the pre-school and children’s space to create more inviting and vibrant spaces that would be attractive to the young families the church sought to attract. The renovation of the adult space created a series of gathering spaces that promote community building.