St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Additions and Renovations recieves 2012 IIDA reconigtion award in the Renovation/Historic Preservation category
Baton Rouge, LA, USA – September 10, 2012 –The Renovations and Additions project at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church has received a 2012 Recognition Award from the International Interior Design Association Delta Regional Chapter in the Renovation/Historic Preservation category. The church, originally built in 1907, had undergone several renovations over the years that obscured much of the original interior character. Based on photographs obtained from the church’s archives, the interior was completely restored with new beaded board vaulted ceilings detailed with painted bandings and trim accents, gold leaf column capitals, and new pine wood flooring. The building committee and the architects worked very closely with Dafford & Chigoy Fine Arts, LLC to select the color palette. Dafford & Chigoy completed the interior painting of the church and also refurbished the existing altars, pews, and Stations of the Cross. The interior lighting package included totally retrofitting the existing interior pendant fixtures and required fabrication of new fixtures to match the existing and provided new concealed lighting to accent the sanctuary platform, three altars, and the ambo. New millwork pieces in the entry area, designed for the St. John statue and ambry oils, reflect the detailing of the existing altars. A new confessional and new pipe organ cabinet is wood paneled with details utilizing the gothic inspired arch. A new permanent baptistery and font were designed using Macedonia limestone and colored mosaic tile. The exterior renovation features all new lap siding, new diamond shaped roof shingles, and a new annex which houses the vesting sacristy, new restrooms and a small meeting room. The crowning feature is a new steeple that was designed using old photographs to match the original steeple that was destroyed by a hurricane in the 1930s.
In addition to the IIDA Award, Cockfield Jackson Architects also recently received a 2012 Award for Religious Architecture Renovations from Faith and Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture. The general contractor, Faulk and Meek General Contractors, received a 2012 Alliant Build America Award from the Association of General Contractors who recognized the project as the Best Renovation Project in America under $10M
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