Jim Spencer Architects

St. Julia



siler city, nc

The building committee of St. Julia gave two directives for design of their new Parish life center- "make it look like a church" and "reflect the influence of their Latino majority". On a beautiful rural hillside, this church was built as a celebration of a diverse congregation. The elemental building forms were derived equally from the spare efficiency of Mission and Mediterranean buildings and the functional hierarchy of North Carolina farm buildings. The three major programmatic elements- worship, administration, and education- were wrapped around a broad porch and south-facing courtyard. Load-bearing concrete tilt panel construction was specified for its structural clarity, economy, and durability. *design by Jim Spencer while at Michael Hining Architects, PA

See article in the NEWS section about the project.


awards: National Award for Tilt Concrete Construction - 2006

Van Thomas Contractor, Inc.
concrete tilt panels:
Centurion Construction
structural engineering:
Neville Engineering, Inc.
custom woodwork:
Rich Komisar