St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Annandale, VA, asked Harrison Design to bring their decade-long effort to build a new church to completion. The façade was executed in a Neo-Romanesque style with freestanding columns framing a three-arch portico. Inside, a spacious narthex doubles as overflow space, with windows and glazed doors framing the view into the nave. The nave, while simply articulated with pitched beams, is brought to life by a decorative painting scheme, while the sanctuary is dominated by a robust reredos. Zoning approvals during previous efforts meant that the design parameters were narrow; however, the parish had not been able to afford the previous proposals by a significant margin. Therefore, we used our expertise with efficient construction methodologies to make room in the budget for high-quality finish materials, including flashed brick, custom-cast stone details, Italian porcelain tile, and marble liturgical furnishings, as well as stained cherry paneling and church furniture.
Photographer: Judy Davis, Architectural Photographer
General Contractor: Whitener & Jackson, Inc.