The Chapel – First Baptist Church of Covington

Covington, Louisiana

A beautifully crafted design with natural and arching woodwork

Covington, Louisiana

Completion Date

9,000 SF

Project Type
New Construction, Church

2021 AIA Chesapeake Bay Award

Professional Credits
Waldon Studio Architects
Kent Design/Build

An architectural aesthetic that hearkens back to the quaint, southern building vernacular, while accommodating the grand scale of the building program.

The architectural aesthetic intentionally hearkens back to quaint, southern building vernacular, while accommodating the grand scale of the building program. The building exudes craftsmanship and attention to detail, paying tribute to early construction methods by using natural wood and aged materials. While the building reflects traditional charm, it includes the latest in audio, video, and lighting technology, all discreetly designed. The result is a warm and inviting space, filled with natural light, fitting for a variety of modern events.

Interior chapel view

Recognized for winning the 2021 AIA Chesapeake Bay Award

Aerial view of the property

Located in the center of the site is the oldest and largest live oak tree on the property, leading to the decision to feature this specimen tree in the design. Working carefully to preserve this and other specimen trees and minimize the impact of the buildings, the two buildings – the Chapel and the Social Hall – flank the feature tree, forming a landscaped Garden Plaza between them. The Chapel is a traditional, axial 300-seat sanctuary, entered under a true bell tower and through custom-milled and hand-carved walnut doors. The gable-form wood trusses set a classic tone and create rhythm in the space, accented with contemporary details. At the chancel, the design of the custom-designed stained-glass window features was inspired by the live oak trees on site.

Interior chapel view
Interior chapel view
Interior chapel view

The Garden Plaza was designed to feel like a prayer garden that includes native plantings and soft water features to create a soothing visual and auditory meditative experience. Although the garden is sized for a dinner reception of three hundred, it maintains an intimate feel through smaller scale details and textures.

The Garden Plaza

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