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Church Number One by Built4ever Church Number One by Built4ever
Original design for a small church, my first one. Church building is a pretty big business where I live. Lots of new people coming in means the churches have been expanding. New "Mega-churches" have sprung up. They are more like auditoriums with rock bands!

This a basically a very traditional church format, with emphasis on fairly wide aisles and a clear span of at least 50 feet across, using modern "glu-lam" laminated beams arranged into trusses at 10' intervals. Stained glass might be "earthy" green tones to emphasize connection to nature. Most important feature is good proportions and beauty of front elevation. The stairs to the top of the steeple would be steel for strength in case many churchgoers go up into the steeple after a service. Also, the stairs would taper in a bit, somewhat challenging to build.

Front elevation is a tiny sketch from my sketchbook, so it is a little rough looking. Floor plan executed a little bigger at scale 1/16"=one foot. Both drawings in pencil, semi-transparent vellum over graph paper for the plan.
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Paty-Longbottom21 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
All that details and explanation!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Pretty simple plan really...
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Paty-Longbottom21 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
For me is complicated believe me!
I don't know how to start, what advice can you give me?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Plan of classic churches are symmetrical, with rows of pews. Altar at the end. Width of church governed by how much you can span with beams/trusses, etc. Simplest floor plans form a cross. There can be side entries or side chapels in the short arms of the cross. Steeples ad towers can be at crossing point of cross (over the center, at ends of short sides of cross, or at long end, at the main entry, where mine is. Gothic cathedrals have three entry doors (Holy Trinity) and two steeple towers on either side.
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Paty-Longbottom21 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
I have found in some books plans of churches and look very nice and easy to practice maybe if I put myself to practice more and look for also castle plans, and houses I will improve
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I prefer the small quiet churches like this to the auditoriums that seem to be so popular today.
The steeple reminds me of the old Greenville railway station that was torn down in 1988.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
HMMMMM don't remember that one. What's that one out near you, on 123 I think? Massive operation in Easley.
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You mean the baby BiLo Center across from the new Wal-Mart. Yeah, It's rediculous.
The old Greenville Southern Railway station used to be right next to the Amtrack depot at the end of West Washington St.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Greer and Clemson have decent stations.
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
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I took this photo about a month before it was demolished..
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