Buildings were constructed at different times, the church itself changed location on the site, and for many years a street ran right down the center of its campus. As a result the three arms of the St. Ignatius ministry—worship, education, and outreach—share a higher mandate and yet feel set apart from one another. Our plan wants to reconnect the arms, and to advance their sense of unity.
We started by imagining a sight line between the entries of the church and school. And then we designed around it. A lawned cloister stands in the center of the site and abuts the church and school respectively. The community center/fellowship hall that sits off the cloister doubles as the school cafeteria. And we encourage the school and gym’s presence on the street with a redesign of the walkway that connects them.
117 years is a long time to build a ministry, and our master plan for St Ignatius hopes to establish the sort of spatial relationships that will shepherd another 117.
St. Ignatius Catholic Church