St. John's Catholic Church

Omaha, NE

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Architecture Overview:

St. John’s Church is the center of Creighton University’s campus and the university’s most visible landmark. Begun in the late 1800’s, St. John’s continues to serve as home to a vibrant parish on the Creighton campus. Masses and other religious services are held at St. John’s for the university and the surrounding community. Besides accomplishing deferred maintenance and safety improvements, RDG’s design for the church’s renovation focuses on the building renewal committee’s objectives: to “reflect unity of the entire assembly, foster participation in the liturgy, and enhance the beauty of St. John’s.” Reconfigured pew seating is angled and wrapped around the new altar predella to seat more of the assembly nearby. Pews along the sides of the nave have been pulled to the outer walls to improve sight lines past rows of columns. Chancel altars and sculptures have moved to the nave, making their beauty more accessible and encouraging private devotion. Other new features include lighting, a sound-reinforcement system, floor finishes, liturgical appointments, artwork, and decorative painting. At the processional south entrance a renovated vestibule opens to a gathering space containing a new permanent baptistry.

Interior Design Overview:

Lighting Design Overview:

Lighting design was provided by RDG. In 2010, St. John's recieved the Illuminating Engineering Society - Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design.

Liturgical Furnishings Design Overview:

RDG in collaboration with Brother William Woeger, FSC and other artists, created the liturgical painting scheme and new eccleseastical appointments such as the Font, Altar, Ambo, Chair and chapels.

  • CLIENT: St. John's Catholic Church
  • COMPLETE: August 2008
    • Illuminating Engineering Society - Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design - 2010
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