Mills River United Methodist Church

Type: Renovation, Addition
Location: Mills River, North Carolina

The original ca. 1860 sanctuary of this rural church no longer provided sufficient room for a growing congregation. A new 400-seat sanctuary, capturing the strength and simplicity of the original building, was designed to allow the older building to maintain its prominence and importance on the site.

Clerestory and dormer windows bathe the interior in natural light, complemented by a lantern over the chancel. A tall window behind the altar, primarily of opaque glass, provides a focus for the worship space. The clear glass of the cross highlights the window, creating a dramatic effect from both inside and out.