Holy Cross Lutheran Church for the Deaf
St. Louis, MO
Team Four Architects | 14 North Newstead Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, 63108 | phone 314.533.2200 fax 314.533.2203
Background and Objective
Holy Cross Lutheran Church for the Deaf was founded over 70 years ago. The church has
been serving a congregation of deaf people, their families and others. Their new facility is
located in a renovated one-story office building that is being converted into a unique and very
attractive small 5,000 square foot church.
Extensive and creative work by both the congregation and TeamFour is resulting in a very
good facility for Holy Cross. The sanctuary for 122 seats was fitted carefully within the
existing building structure. A sloped floor was built to optimize viewing angles, so important to
the deaf congregation.
The partition between the sanctuary and the fellowship hall can be opened up for increased
seating. The various religious and support spaces fit easily together maximizing the
effectiveness of this compact facility. The main entries are connected by a wide corridor the
effectively opens to become sanctuary on one side and fellowship hall on the other.
The congregation is acting as its own general contractor. They are also doing a significant
amount of work themselves following each Sunday service. This approach is suited to the
size of the project. It is also creating a bond of fellowship that is unique and that raises the
level of the congregation's religious experience.