St. Louis Roman Catholic Church

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At St. Louis Church, Ziger|Snead completed a comprehensive analysis of existing facilities, an assessment of future needs, and a master plan. The master plan allows for phased development of the site, including a new worship facility, expanded administrative and meeting spaces, school additions and renovations, campus handicapped accessibility, and more efficient use of the available parking area. A critical component of the design was the requirement to incorporate nine large exquisite stained glass windows recently removed from the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore. The first phase was the new residence for the parish priests— the first new rectory for the Archdiocese in many years. The second phase was the reconfiguration and expansion of on-site parking and stormwater management to significantly improve the site’s pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns. The third phase was the construction of a new worship facility seating 1100 parishioners, with the design relating to the 19th century stone chapel. The final phase was the renovation of the existing church into a Fellowship Hall with meeting, office, and classroom facilities.


Design Team: Steve Ziger; Douglas Bothner; Jonathan Lessem; Joseph Cellucci, AIA; Laura Amos

Team: Morabito Consultants - Structural Engineer; James Posey Associates - Mechanical & Electrical Engineer; FLUX Studio - Lighting Designer

Owner: St. Louis Church

Location: Clarksville, Maryland

Completion Cost: $9,600,000

Area: 40,400 sf

Completion: 2006

Program: expanded worship space, expanded parking, meeting and event space, offices

Photography: Alain Jaramillo


  • 2007 Craftsmanship Award — Building Congress & Exchange
  • 2006 Design Award — Masonry Institute of Maryland
  • 2006 Craftsmanship Award — Building Congress & Exchange


  • Clarksville Parish Breaks Ground for Grand, New Church
    The Catholic Review 10/2004