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Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

Houston, Texas, USA


Ziegler Cooper, Architect; Houston, TX

Project Awards

2009 - AGC/Aon Build America award, New Building category
2008 - Texas Construction - Judges Award (tie)
2009 - Houston Business Journal - Landmark Award: Public Assembly
2008 - McGraw-Hill Construction - 2008 Best Award

Project Description

Comprehensive acoustics, audio/video design, and mechanical noise control services for Houston’s new Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Inspired by the Romanesque style and built to meet the needs of the 1.3 million Catholics in the rapidly expanding Galveston-Houston archdiocese, this magnificent space holds 1,800 seats with room for 200 additional temporary chairs. The limestone structure exhibits a basilican plan (Latin cross shape) that includes a marble altar below a dome peaking at 117 feet, radiating transepts, a lengthy nave lined with tall windows rising above side aisles and shrines, and an elevated loft that can accommodate an organ, large choir and symphony orchestra. A carillon of 23 bells is housed in a detached campanile that rises 140 feet above the entrance plaza.

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