After nearly two years of construction, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church this month opens its new, $8 million expansion, including a towering, glass-walled chapel.
The 30,000-square-foot building includes meeting spaces, offices, event facilities and the chapel. It also includes a gallery that will feature work by local artists, the church said in a press release.
Atlanta architect Thomas W. Ventulett III, a member of the Holy Innocents’ parish, designed the building and the 1,245-square-foot chapel.
Holy Innocents’ Rector Michael Sullivan said the chapel combines stone, wood and glass, and creates “a beautiful space.”
“We wanted to create a space that felt traditional and at the same time was modern,” Sullivan said. “We wanted something that would proclaim the light that comes from the world, but also the light that comes from God. We wanted to create a space connected to the heavens, yet grounded at the same time.”
Church leaders planned to hold a service Oct. 7 at which the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, bishop of the diocese of Atlanta, was to bless and dedicate the new facility.
Holy Innocents’ also plans a free open house and community celebration on Oct. 21, featuring artists and musicians as well as the building’s architects and craftspeople.
“We really hope the whole community will come see the space and also see it as a resource for the community of Sandy Springs,” Sullivan said.