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St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and School

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2004, Jackson and Ryan. 7801 Bay Branch Dr.

The immense parish complex of St. Anthony of Padua negotiates between the consolation of tradition and the exigencies of contemporary planning requirements and construction systems. As at other neo-traditional architectural sites in The Woodlands ( TM8, TM9), symmetry, centrality, and figuration are employed to bring coherence and legibility to the complex. Budget limitations were used to advantage here, especially in the 1,500-seat church, where glue-laminated wood beams, a wood ceiling, a polished concrete floor, ample daylight, and views to the outside imbue the space with a measure of groundedness.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and School", [Spring, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 375-375.

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