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St Mary & St Antonious Coptic Orthodox Church

Zimmerman was hired to design the only Coptic Orthodox Church in Wisconsin. The church will seat 400 people, with classrooms and a large multi-purpose room in the lower level. The form of the building symbolizes an arch, a long tradition for the Coptic faith, who see the church as a protective vessel. The interior design of the church, has three barrel vaults running the length of the sanctuary, and a domed cupola above the altar. The large main dome – a symbol of heaven – and two smaller tower domes – symbols of lookouts aboard a ship watching for worldly dangers perch more than 50 feet above the structure’s floor.  The iconostasis wall was fabricated in Egypt, and coordinated by Zimmerman. The 5 acre site is located on Drexel Avenue and I-94.

Location: Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Size: 11,500 s.f.

Services Provided: Architectural Planning and Design, Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Completion Date(s): 2006

 

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