St. Paul Lutheran Church – Featured in National Book Publication

St Paul Lutheran Church, a rural Iowa church designed by RDG Planning & Design, is a feature project in the recently published Houses of God – Religious Architecture for a New Millennium –by noted author and architect Michael J. Crobie. This publication is a collection of an inspiring array of gathering places for communal worship, collected from the USA and abroad illustrating Michael’s continued fascination and intrigue with the subject of architecture for religion. These projects, illustrated with superb photography and detailed plans, demonstrate how architects and congregations can work together to build places that satisfy often complex cultural and personal needs.
Additional design honors for St Paul includes:
2005 Design Award, Iowa Chapter AIA
2005 Design Award – Faith and Form
2004 Honor Design Award – Central States Region AIA
This rural church structure in the small Iowa community of Winterset provides a serene place for worship. The forms are simple masses that become layered with varying textures and patterns of materials reflective of the Midwestern granary structures and the crops they contain. The building in many ways is seen as another farm structure on the edge of town forming a northwest anchor to the community. The building is layered, the building is textured, and the building is transparent in the evening when the glow and warmth of the interior spills out like the light of an Iowa barn in the evening with the farmers working inside.

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