In 2006, Chris Frank and Megan Frank transformed Holy Family Church and rectory in south St. Louis into a lively community work environment. The former altar space is now a massive board room. Sunlight streams through stained glass windows and illuminates workstations in the main sanctuary that once was lined with pews. The former church’s cry room? It’s now a private room for employees who need to take a break or make a phone call.
Many elements of the original church remain. Two Fugel paintings still adorn the walls. A pipe organ in the choir area is part of a creative workspace that the designers will use at brainstorming meetings. 6 employees split 12,000 square feet of space. At its highest point, the ceiling rises 50 feet, four inches. A series of V-shaped light fixtures rise in angles that hang in suspension and appear like birds on the horizon throughout the former sanctuary.
Where the aisle once separated sections of the church, there is a series of 14 wood veneer panels between eight and six feet long to display their work or set up presentations for clients. The exterior of the structure, which was built in the mid-1920s, is made of red Missouri granite. A steeple still rises atop the building, making it easy to locate nestled in the residential neighborhood.
Designed by Cfx