Featured Project: Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Wheaton, IL

  • Existing Flooor Plan The winding entry path creates bottlenecks in the existing floor plan
  • Existing Entry The existing entry is not very noticeable or inviting at the exterior
  • New Narthex Entrance The existing narthex has a low ceiling and is not large enough for gathering before and after worship
  • New Sanctuary Addition Rotating the sanctuary increases capacity by more than 30% and creates a better pedestrian flow through the expanded narthex
  • Expanded Narthex Eventually the addition of a west wing in Phase 3 will add an additional 70 seats
  • Renovated Sanctuary The Phase 1 renovation of the narthex will include a new vaulted ceiling and entrance vestibule
  • Renovated Sanctuary Exterior view of the Phase 1 vaulted narthex from the main entrance road
  • Renovated Sanctuary Exterior view of the Phase 3 addition from the main entrance road
  • Renovated Sanctuary Interior veiw of the Phase 1 renovated narthex
  • Renovated Sanctuary Interior view of the Phase 2 renovated sanctuary


After multiple additions the entry path from parking lot to sanctuary became a winding path with pedestrian traffic jams at the entry doors. The original narthex is used for overflow seating and the current narthex is a low, cramped space. Thinking outside the box, Faith Environ Studio rotated the sanctuary to streamline the entry flow and gain more seating! The size and volume of the narthex will increase with a new vaulted wood ceiling, skylight, coffee bar, and furnishings to better facilitate fellowship. A new vestibule will reduce drafts to improve comfort within the narthex and provide better security during the weekdays.

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Jaeger, Nickola & Assoc. (Principal)

Lasch Architects (Principal)

Griskelis + Smith (Project Architect)

Vitols Associates (Project Architect)