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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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HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
All that details and explanation!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Pretty simple plan really...
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HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
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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HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
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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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
What a shame.
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I am trying to build a model of it.. Both in HO scale and 1/4" scale with selective compression.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
1/4 inch scale is huge, isn't it?
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ShadowRaven2006 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I like it very much. I am of the oppinion there are too many 'mega churches' and not enough peaceful quiet country churches in the world. God may be at both, but I know I would feel far more at peace in a place like this.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Yes, maybe people don't want to feel at peace. Maybe they just want to see a rock band and listen to a guy talk about his addictions for an hour. That's what I saw when I went to megachurch nearby.
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ShadowRaven2006 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
well, if that's what they want, there are plenty of options available. It's not for me though, not by a long shot.
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stargate525 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The rear is more traditional, though you could probably cram one into the choir there.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
You mean a pipe organ?
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stargate525 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. this was supposed to be a reply to slowdog. Dunno why it posted alone.

As a person who's been around a lot of churches... you're also missing any sort of storage solutions or administrative areas for the pastor and secretary.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Yes granted, additional things will be additionalized he he plus, many differences according to specific Christian faiths...
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Goldentongued Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
What kind of resources would this take to build? I only ask because looking at the floorplan made me think of Sydney Poitier's film "Lilies of the Field"---could this be built by mendicant nuns and a determined handyman?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Heh, wonderful film, eh? The beams that make up the trusses would have to be custom manufactured, so some substantial cost there and a crane needed for install. But it's a relatively simple structure otherwise, maybe not too expensive. For a hand-built job, I would design it different.
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clevella Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
What a well made tax haven. Will there be magic shows?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
It IS a magic show! Don't you get it? Let's build it in Cyprus.
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clevella Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
AWESOME!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Where is the pipe organ?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
How should we lay it out? At the back with a second level loft? At the front?
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
If Catholic, in the back. If Protestant, in the front.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Only you would know that. I was brought up Catholic but that fact escaped me. I think we should seriously put one in there. What happens with Methodists and Episcopalians? Front?
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Catholic houses of worship have the organ and choir lofted in the chancel at the rear of the sanctuary. All other hopuses of God have the organ in the front. Catholic churches heavily decorate the organ cases with an ornate facade hiding the pipe chambers. Protestant churches put the pipes on either side of the dias/pulpit area and they are not always evident with decorative facade pipes. Most times, the pipes are simply installed behind a decorative grillwork or in some cases, curtains. Catholics want the organ to be SEEN as well as HEARD. Protestants are all happy clappy and the organ rarely gets played nowdays. Shame...

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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Aha! Thanks! Now I got it. Haven't designed a pipe organ yet.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Click this [link] to visit my website about pipe organs. It might help in the design process.

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