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Saint Jerome Catholic Church

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2009 - 2017.

Saint Jerome Catholic Church was designed by Prescott, Whalley, and Weit in 1966, Mr. Whalley was a member of the parish had designed the earlier buildings. The parish was founded in 1949 with a social hall serving as a temporary church until the parish could afford this permanent church. Because of the location on a sloping site, a traditional long narrow cruciform building wasn't practical, so this octagon building was designed. At first the Archdiocese wanted a traditional building, but gave its blessing to this octagon design when the original design was unaffordable and this final design brought the cost down by a considerable amount. The design was inspired by two ideas, services held in a tend, and a folded plate roof designed by partner Bob Weit as a student. The folded plate design carries through in outdoor lighting fixtures. Mr. Whalley also contributed to the interior design including station of the cross, crucifix, and statues. Sound problems required an innovative design of a folded metal screen over fiberglass as an acoustical solution. Attention was also paid to materials creating a low maintenance building.

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The front and main entrance to the church.

Exterior view of windows at the side of the church.

Details of the folded plate roof.

The folded plate roof.

The ceiling of the folded plate roof.


Back of the church, interior.

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