Christ and his team worked with our people to create a Total Vision as a roadmap for Present and the Future…with a Magnificent 1st Phase serving and inspiring our parish.
~ Bishop Basil, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
The memorable initial phase of the 40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church sits on a 14-acre site in the Houston suburb of Sugarland, Texas. This first phase, which is part of a four-phase master plan, includes classroom, meeting and counseling rooms and the interim church. The next phases will include the church temple, the chapel, and the fellowship/family wellness center.
It is the initial phase that sets a tone and personality for the future phases.
The roots and history of the Holy Orthodox Church go back to Christ and the Apostles, and its architecture dates back to the Byzantine 5th and 6th centuries in Constantinople and Antioch where masonry techniques and systems were developed becoming the architectural vocabulary of major buildings of the time. There are strong references to the late 4th century Church of the Theotokos in Gerazim Syria. The 5th Century complex of Qal’ at Saman (located between Aleppo and Antioch in Northern Syria) with it’s Central Octagon and incredible stonework represents a direct inspiration for this design.
The exterior extrusion is a combination of local Texas Limestone and Terra Cotta Brick yet deeply anchored in the magnificent 5th Century Antiochian Tradition. The mosaic of details with a “tapestry-like” craft demanded the highest quality of workmanship and craftsmanship. The project has become, in a short period of time, a local landmark, reflecting the values of the Parish and providing that visual and inspirational link to the past, present and future. The project has received numerous awards including the prestigious “Golden Trowel Award” for Masonry excellence in 2007.