SFS Architecture

  • Trinity Lutheran Church

    Shawnee, KS

    Modern church facility design adapted from renovated automobile barn


    Adapt a former automobile barn to create a modern church facility that supports its congregation’s worship, fellowship, child/youth ministries and religious education needs.


    Our design team provided a detailed analysis of the existing building and site to determine any limitations and opportunities. Solutions to key structural and site/civil issues were developed so the facility would be able to achieve the congregation’s goals. Numerous working sessions were held with building committee to refine space needs and determine opportunities for multiple uses to be housed within one space to maximize the building’s limited square footage.


    The renovation transformed the building shell into a sacred space that accommodates the growing congregation. Working within the constraints of the existing structure, the design solution provides multifunctional spaces to accommodate worship, preschool, child and youth ministries and adult education. A cloth scrim allows the assembly level to be divided into worship and narthex or retracted to accommodate larger events. Each level has an at-grade entry which allows the preschool functions on the lower level direct access to the outdoor play area and drop-off/pick-up area. Salvaged timbers from the building were used as structure for a new entry stair tower, floor infill, stair treads and a large exterior cross that provides a visible reminder of the building’s new identity.