First Baptist Church | Sanctuary  

Georgetown, Texas 

The building committee wanted the new Sanctuary to acknowledge the site’s existing building red-brick aesthetic but also expressed a desire for the new building to be contemporary in function and reflect its Central Texas context. 

Prefabricated glue-laminated wood framing members and structural wood roof decking articulate the Sanctuary ceiling while hidden lighting catwalks and dual rear-projection screens enhance the various modes of worship during each service. A combination of sloped and flat-floor fixed pews accommodates 1500, with the potential to seat 700 more in a later balcony expansion.

The entrance is marked with a wide, inviting arched opening that is oriented to face the highway. A prayer chapel inhabits the base of the tall bell tower, whose spire is visible from miles away.

Size:  New ~ 28,816 SF

Client:  First Baptist Church, Georgetown

Components:  1,200-seat Sanctuary Building (with pew seating on a sloped floor)

Completion Date:  2001

Services:  Master Planning, Programming, Full Architectural Services, Interior Design. Joint Venture with Overland Partners.

AWARDS:  AIA Austin Merit Award; AGC Outstanding Construction Award; CTMCA Golden Trowel Award for Excellence in Stone Design (First Place)

Photos by Patrick Wong


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