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All Saints Chapel p r o j e c t  All c l i e n t  The

Saints Chapel, San Antonio

The Texas Military Institute’s All Saints Chapel, designed

Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

by Ford Powell and Carson Architects and Planners,

a r c h i t e c t  Ford

Powell & Carson Architects & Planners

d e s i g n t e a m   Chris

Carson, FAIA; Roy Lowey-Ball, AIA; Viola

Floor Plan 1 Chapel 2 AlteR 3 Organ 4 Sacristy 5 Elevator 6 Restroom

is the school’s first landmark building on its new Hill Country campus. The formerly all-male military school recently relocated from a site in central San Antonio to

Lopez, AIA c o n t r a c t o r  Browning c o n s u l t a n t s   Lundy

Construction Co.

& Franke Engineering (structural); ms2 Inc.

its new home at the far northern edge of the city, which offers room for future growth as a co-ed prep school.

(MEP); Poznecki-Camarillo & Assoc. (civil)

The chapel’s principal donor asked that the 21,000-sf

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Chris

building be designed as “simple and strong.” Buttress-


ing a steep slope and forming a backdrop for an existing Cribley Enterprises; concrete pavement /

amphitheater, the chapel fills a void in the campus.

materials : Alamo Concrete Products; concrete restoration : Curtis Hunt

Massive walls clad in local limestone support heavy

Restorations; metal materials : Empire Structural Steel; metal decking :

timber trusses. A standing-seam metal roof appears to

Nucor Vulcraft; lumber , prefab structural wood, glue laminated timber ,

float above the chapel’s encircling clerestory that floods

laminates , wood ceilings : R.M. Rodgers; architectural woodwork : Impe-

the interior with daylight. The tall roof extends outward

rial Mill & Fixtures; waterproofing : Grace; building insulation, gypsum,

to shelter an ample front porch that serves as a stage

metal framing , acoustical ceilings : Baker Triangle; roof and deck insula -

and gathering space. In addition to providing space for

tion :

the school’s 500 students to attend daily services, the

r e s o u r c e s concrete pavers :

CertainTeed; exterior insulation and finish systems : Alamo Foam; Strata Systems; metal roofing : Mangold Roofing &

chapel also functions as a lecture hall, assembly space,

Sheet Metal; metal windows and glass : Main Glass & Mirror; decorative

and concert venue. A lower level contains classrooms

The Cavallini Co. Stained Glass Studio; tile , wood flooring :

and restrooms. All of the furnishings were designed

Bexar Floor Company; paint: Sherwin Williams; signage and graphics :

and custom made for the chapel. Copper light fixtures,

The Southwell Company; audio / video systems : San Antonio Sound &

a hand-hammered baptismal font, stained glass, and

Light; ecclesiastical furniture : R. Geissler; software : DC CADD

ceremonial wood doors add unique touches of crafts-

vapor retarders :

glazing :

manship to the project.


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Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2011: Arts & Science