Holy Trinity Parish occupies 7.13 acres off Main Street in Ligonier. The site contains an existing church, school and gymnasium housed in a two-story building which was formerly a railroad roundhouse. The site also contains a former convent building, used for meeting rooms; and a rectory/ parish office building. The project created a new worship space with increased seating capacity, which not only looks more like a church than the existing building, but also gives Holy Trinity a stronger street presence within the community. This was accomplished by addressing the Main Street facade and entrance, as well as by using architectural elements, such as a steeple and a stained glass rose window, which are both religious and contextual within the surrounding traditional buildings.
It was determined that placing the addition in front of the existing building was the most feasible solution since it is more economical in its construction costs, as well as in its utility and maintenance costs. This design also provides better circulation between the new church nave and the social hall and the school. Finally, this alternative provided the best opportunity for efficient use of the spaces already existing in the present building. The former worship area will be converted into support spaces that will be used for meeting areas for Children’s Liturgy of the Word, RCIA and social meetings, all just a few steps away from the new worship space.