St. Joseph, Plain City

2014

St Joseph is located in a farming community not far to the north and west of Columbus in the beautiful rolling fields of Ohio. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the parish has been in a very small, but beautiful brick chapel with Romanesque forms. The larger church we designed seats 440 and is expandable, yet it was important for us that at every stage of expansion the church would also be complete. A continuous ambulatory provides comfortable circulation around the Nave and allows the growing families here much movement as needed during liturgies.

The piazza is designed to enhance the urban nature of religion and the importance of the church on the public square. The east apse elevation looks out over the fields to a highway, yet has a true church facade to signify its use and dialogue with the drivers by.