A Catholic community is fashioning its own identity in Gainesville, Virginia—the St. Katharine Drexel Mission is a new Mission Church of the St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Middleburg, itself originally a “chapel of ease” for the Kennedy family, constructed during President Kennedy’s term of office. Barnes Vanze has been commissioned for Concept Design and Master Planning of a multi-phase project that includes a 1,000-seat church, parish center, and elementary and middle school on a 28-acre campus near Route 15 and Waterfall Road. Project Principal Michael Patrick is taking the lead on this project.
Phase One, shown here, is the first new church building for the Mission, which has been celebrating Mass in a school gymnasium for years. The building will later be converted to the core parish hall, but will serve as St. Katharine’s main church until the larger one is designed and built. The Phase One building is a 300-400 seat church that includes a narthex, nave and sanctuary, and in addition, will house office space for the pastor, associate pastor and assistant, and flexible meeting rooms. The design also accommodates a choir loft over the narthex.
We look forward to designing these sacred structures on this lovely piece of property, as the parish community looks forward to its beautiful new home.