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The summer 2009 issue of ArchitectColorado includes two features on projects at Holy Trinity. ArchitectColorado is the professional journal of the Colorado Component of the American Institute of Architects. Our architect, Adam Hermanson is a member of the AIA. This issue has a focus on religious architecture. Holy Trinity and Integration Design Group are featured in two articles.

The second article is in the On The Boards section, by author Mary Lou Jay.  Jay highlights four current design projects. Two projects are Catholic churches (us and Holy Name in Steamboat Springs) and two projects are in Westminster (us and Westminster Church of the Nazarene.) The other project is the Boulder Jewish Commons, a future campus development on the east side of Boulder. With our completion date of 2010, the Holy Trinity project is farthest along.

Here is the part of the article referencing the new Holy Trinity remodeling project:

Excerpt: ArchitectColorado, Volume 5, Issue 1, p 45:

Holy Trinity Church
Architect: Adam Hermanson, AIA
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Client: Holy Trinity Catholic Church/ Archdiocese of Denver
Construction Cost: $2 million
: 2,000-square-foot narthex addition, new bell tower, entry plaza, addition of clerestory roof and windows and complete interior renovation.
Purpose: Accommodate needs of growing church
Completion: April 2010
As the community of Holy Trinity Catholic Church approaches its 50-year jubilee, it is preparing to expand the church to accommodate a growth in parishioner families. In 1959, when parish members built the current church building, they intended to use it as the church only until a new one could be built. The original building would then become the school gymnasium. The separate church was never built, so for 50 years the parish has continued to use the original building as its worship space.

To raise the stature and nobility of the church, the parish is moving forward with an addition and complete renovation of the building. Integration Design Group has worked with the parish to develop the design over the past several months. The project will include a new prominent entrance into a larger narthex at the west front of the church, surmounted by a cross to be salvaged from the existing steeple; a new choir loft; a new area of raised roof with clerestory windows; a completely remodeled sanctuary; and new liturgical elements and furnishings throughout. The community hopes to include a new bell tower in the project as well. The addition and renovation will encourage a greater sense of the sacred, both on the exterior and interior of the church.

Integration Design Group is providing design services for not only the architectural aspects, but also the complete interior design and finish package; the artwork and furniture design and procurement; and the design of the liturgical elements, including altars, tabernacle canopy, ambo, baptismal font, baldachino and altar rail.

Architect Adam Hermanson is a member of the AIA. The Colorado Component of the American Institute of Architects can be found at www.aiacolorado.org. Click the link for the order form to order your copy of ArchitectColorado.

An excerpt from the first article from ArchitectColorado on “A Shared Vision of the Sacred” by Chryss Cada can be found here: ArchitectColorado 1: Holy Trinity’s Adoration Chapel.


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On Friday, 14 August 2009, Parishioner Allan Eckert sent this note about an on-line album he’s created:

Here are some photos I took of the remodeling of Holy Trinity. Please let anyone else that might be interest know about this link. Thanks.

Here are five excerpts from Allan’s album. Click each image for a larger view.

Holy Trinity South End 14 August by Allan EckertHoly Trinity West End 14 August by Allan EckertHoly Trinity North End 14 August by Allan EckertHoly Trinity East End (Interior) by Allan Eckert

Holy Trinity Overflow Space 14 August by Allan Eckert

The full gallery can be found here:

Thanks, Allan!

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Holy Trinty Exterior with TowerIn today’s bulletin, Father Hilton writes:

You’ve noticed that the bell tower is back on the cover of this week’s bulletin!  Although we still have a few steps to go through with the City of Westminster, I am 90% sure that we will have our bells.  The final step is a City Council meeting at the beginning of June, with their approval we will be able to build our bell tower!  Please keep this in your prayers.

Our last Masses in the church are next weekend! For the weekend of June 6-7, Masses will be in the Fr. Puhl Center .  These are exciting times for us!

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An update from Community Development at the City of Westminster:

Meeting held for Holy Trinity

(Apr 17, 2009)

On Tuesday, April 14, a neighborhood meeting was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

The church is proposing to rezone from R-1 (single-family residential) to PUD (planned unit development).

The rezoning would bring the church into compliance with setbacks and heights that exist on the site, as well as increase the existing allowable height from 25 feet to 35 feet (and 45 feet for bell towers, spires and crosses).

The church is currently working on plans for a bell tower at the northwest corner of the sanctuary, which will be processed as an amended official development plan.

There were no neighbors in attendance at the meeting.

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St. Stephen\'s Milwaukee

St. Stephen’s is a Gothic Revival style church, built over 80 years ago in what was once the German settlement of New Coeln on Milwaukee’s far south side. The parish serves about 900 families.

On April 24th, a lightning strike started a fire in the steeple. The weather cam at TV station WISN Channel 12 captured the strike.

Zap St. Stephen

Father Liska saw the lightning strike.

“All of a sudden, there was a big bang and I looked out the windows. The windows in my office were shaking. A lightning bolt came right across eye level,” Father Liska said.

The church has a history that goes back more than 100 years and it’s been hit by fires and even a tornado before.

Fire Photo from City of Steeples

It was built in 1926 after a fire took down the previous church. The building is still standing, and Father Richard Liska says there’s not much damage inside.

By the time firefighters extinguished the blaze, the church had sustained approximately $200,000 worth of damage.

St. Stephen Catholic Church was going to be torn down to make room for hotels. Parishioners were planning to move to a new church being built in Oak Creek.

Still, it was hard for Donna Morris to watch her childhood church burn.

“I got my holy communion in that church. My sister was married in that church,” she said. “Sitting here looking at that building, it just breaks my heart. It breaks my heart.”

The folks at St. Stephen are building a new church, but it won’t be ready for a year. Fortunately, the interior of this church is still usable. They managed to rescue the cross before the steeple collapsed.

Thanks to Lucy at City of Steeples, Flikr user Retinal Fetish, WISN Channel 12 and WTMJ Channel 4.

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