2016 was a big year for Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. In the last 12 months the Spanish, mission-style sanctuary was honored as the winner of the Houston Business Journal's Landmark Award for Public Assembly and as a winner of the Solomon Awards for Church Sanctuary Design from Worship Facilities Magazine. Here are some fun facts about the project that you may not know:
- The rapid growth of its congregation prompted an initiative to save money for a larger sanctuary 10 years before construction began in 2014.
- Turner Duran Architects provided the needs analysis, planning, and concept services for the congregation.
- When design efforts began the congregation directed Turner Duran Architects to design a structure visually expressive of the Mexican-American culture of its people.
- Key design features of the church include white stucco walls, red roofing tile, Spanish baroque decorative motifs, and wood glue-laminated timber.
- The new sanctuary was dedicated by Cardinal DiNardo after its completion on April 11, 2015.
You can learn more about the community by going to their website at http://www.olgcrosenberg.org/. For more information on the congregation's recent recognitions you can visit http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/print-edition/2016/04/15/hbj-2016-landmark-winner-public-assembly.html and http://www.worshipfacilities.com/article/our_lady_of_guadalupe_catholic_church_25606.