Holy Cross Episcopal Church


Sanctuary Lighting Improvements

Paris, Texas - Completed 2001

At the request of a donor, Denney Architects was commissioned to redesign the lighting of the high altar of this lovely, neo-gothic church.  Over the years, several earlier attempts at lighting the altar with flood lights had diminished the effect of the beautifully detailed carving and the stained glass panels in the reredos.  A special back-lighting system was installed behind the stained glass to improve its visibility; and the flood lighting system was removed and replaced with a system of individually controlled spot lights which can be focused selectively in order to light the altar without diminishing the richness of the glass.

As a result of this work, the donor expanded the project to include similar lighting improvements in the chancel and transept areas of the church, and also provided a sophisticated, solid-state electronic dimming system to control all the lighting in the sanctuary.  This new system now provides the opportunity for special lighting for the many special services held throughout the church year.


Parish Hall Improvements & Historical Restoration

Paris, Texas - Completed 1980

Under the leadership of a new, energetic priest, the parish embarked on a general property improvement campaign which included the much needed restoration and refurbishing of the Parish Hall, a multi-purpose building, constructed in 1920. The project included a new roof, restoration of the deteriorating fieldstone masonry walls, window repairs, insulation, restroom upgrades, new heating and air conditioning systems, new interior finishes, and an upgrade of the church kitchen.

Denney Architects spent many hours interviewing the various groups in the church to ascertain their needs and produced several different preliminary studies in order to reach a design solution that best met those needs under the demands of a restrictive budget. The result was an attractive, durable space which has served the parishwell over the years.