About Our Church Architecture

Holy Infant Church is probably the most unusual looking church in the diocese.

Its architect was Richard Burke Schnedl of Reidsville, a North Carolina native who was in the first graduating class at N.C. State University's School (now College) of Design.

Schnedl was a devotee of Frank Lloyd Wright, and his designs featured similarly simple lines, open floor plans and understated elegance.  His design for Holy Infant Catholic Church was featured in Progressive Architecture in the early 1960s

His design for the church featured bold white stucco walls, accented by piercing angular windows and high skylights, an outward-angled front door, and a curved roof line. Inside, the white walls and geometric accents highlight the crucifix mounted behind the altar. The accompanying bell tower is built of similar white stucco.

Since its dedication 50 years ago, the church has undergone a few minor modifications, but nothing as significant as what the parish did in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the church's dedication.  Parishioners and Father Joseph Mack raised funds to purchase the new faceted glass windows, made in a modern design to complement the church's contemporary architectural style.

    

Parishioner John Savinski constructed a new altar and ambo of dark wood, which contrasts with the church's white interior to set off the sanctuary and make it even more of the focal point for the church. Savinski also constructed a new altar of repose for the tabernacle, a new ambry (cabinet that keeps the three sacred oils used in the sacraments), and wall pedestals for the statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph.