In 1888, the First United Methodist Church was built in downtown Sedalia, Missouri. In 2016, a devastating fire ravaged this beautiful, historic building that had stood for over 128 years. Marshall-Waters-Woody was very pleased to be selected to design a Church Building for this congregation who had experienced great loss.
After months of attempting to use the existing site, it was determined to be inadequate to accommodate all the uses and spaces desired as a replacement. A new site of nearly 3-1/2 acres was obtained on Thompson Avenue on the west side of town to accommodate the proposed 23,000 sf worship center. At the request of the FUMC building committee, the essence of the rebuild was to attempt to recreate the sanctuary that had been destroyed in the fire. The new sanctuary was designed to seat 273 on the main level with another 124 in the balcony. The fellowship hall was designed to seat over 300 and be serviced by a commercial kitchen. Also included in the design was a classroom building, belltower, and cloister. The three major components (sanctuary, fellowship hall and classrooms) were all inner connected by the narthex.
The new limestone Anglican Church was designed to reflect the formal cathedrals of the past. The main entry passes under the bell tower into a narthex that provides direct access to the church offices, parish hall and sanctuary. Constructed in 2012, the sanctuary, which is accentuated with heavy timber wood trusses, seats over 200 parishioners. The formal reredos screens the day chapel from the chancel area. The parish hall seats 200 in banquet function and is served by a “full service” commercial kitchen.
2013 brought the addition of a new education wing, cloister, and meditation courtyard with columbarium. The classroom addition comprises of 6 divisible classrooms, computer lab and nursery/toddler spaces.
The new limestone addition was designed to complement the existing historic Christ Episcopal Church. The Parish Hall boasts of heavy timber trusses to reflect the trusses in the existing Nave. With seating for 200 and the adjacent commercial grade kitchen, the new Parish Hall satisfies both the Church needs and the possibility for outreach into the local community.
A stately stone arched walkway joins the new addition to the existing building. In conjunction with the new addition, the over 100-year-old Nave and existing Parish Hall was converted to classrooms and office space.
Marshall-Waters-Woody was selected in 1978 to design a new church and school for the fast-growing Catholic Church in the Springfield/Cape Girardeau Diocese. The Parish’s existing facility adjacent to the then St. Johns hospital was sorrowfully inadequate and in jeopardy of being overtaken by the Hospital’s rapid expansion. Property was acquired on South Fremont and the design process commenced. This project detailed a 660-seat sanctuary, Day Chapel, Community Room, Church offices, Rectory and an attached elementary school. Over the years Marshall-Waters-Woody has designed five major additions to the school bringing the total square feet to over 80,000 sf.