Spartanburg, South Carolina
St. Paul the Apostle Church is located prominently on East Main Street in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. The new 850 seat church is modeled on Lombard Romanesque architecture as well as the broad tradition of Catholic architecture in the United States.
The church is located so as to create a plaza and a prominent entrance along East Main Street. The exterior plaza will serve as a site for the Easter fire, for outdoor prayer services, and for processions. The church is constructed out of timeless materials, red brick with limestone accents. Statues of Saints Peter and Paul will greet all those who enter.
Above the porch is a rose window surrounded by symbols of the four evangelists, and the façade is crowned by a celtic cross.
The generous narthex is a place of preparation with views into the nave. It will double as a cry room and connects to stairs and bathrooms. Above the narthex is a choir loft with provision for a future organ.
The nave is in the style of a Roman basilica with side aisles defined by Corinthian arcades. The interior focus is on the altar as the place of sacrifice and communion. A baldacchino canopy stands prominently over the altar while a prominent tabernacle indicates the central mystery of faith and reaffirms the building as a Eucharistic house. The longitudinal nave with a vaulted ceiling exemplifies the journey of faith with Stations of the Cross along the side aisles.