James proved to have the talent to transform an indistinct call to prayer into a clear architectural form that expresses the beauty of the Catholic tradition… he consistently demonstrated his willingness and ability to respond to unanticipated challenges in a professional and faith-based manner using excellent communication skills and a client-focused approach. Father Anthony Buś, C.R., Pastor of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Chicago, IL

Liturgical Architecture Project List

McCrery Architects’ Catholic Church Commissions

New Mount Carmel of America (Park County, Wyoming)

A new 150,000 square foot Carmelite Monastery in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming. The Monastery is designed in the French medieval tradition and will be arranged around a High French Gothic monastic chapel with flying buttresses and twin bell towers. The design is arranged so as to render a more perfect setting for the monks’ constant life of prayer so that they are able to fully live in accordance with their constitution and fulfill their charism. Commissioned by Fr. Daniel Mary, Prior.

Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel (Boston, Massachusetts)

This new Chapel is to be built on Boston Harbor immediately south of Boston Proper. It will seat 350 faithful and will be only free-standing Catholic Church in the heart of Boston. It will be designed in the great tradition of New England church architecture and will be built as part of a much larger development in the South Boston neighborhood. Commissioned by the Archdiocese of Boston.

Saint Dominic Chapel for the Saint Dominic Priory (Washington, DC)

Renovation and interior improvements of the existing Priory Chapel. Commissioned by the Reverend Joseph Fox, O.P., Prior.

St. Patrick Cathedral (Charlotte, NC)

A major reorganization and additions to the apse portion of the existing Cathedral. These improvements are designed so as to convert a parish church into a properly functioning Cathedral Church. The plans include new sacristies, chapels, and Bishops’ crypt all radiating around the new sanctuary. Commissioned by the Most Reverend Peter Jugis, Bishop.

St. Joseph Cathedral (Manchester, NH)

The re-design and expansion of the existing Parish-scaled church to accommodate the needs of a Cathedral. Commissioned by the Most Reverend John B. McCormack, D.D.

Holy Cross Church (Rumson, NJ)

Master Plan and major re-design of a small, historic church building and grounds. Commissioned by the Reverend Michael Manning, Pastor.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapel for the Dominican House of Studies* (Washington, DC)

Interior improvements to an existing chapel to serve the Dominican seminarians in their study to become priests. The design provides a Chapel at one end of the room and a homiletics lab at the opposite end. The Sanctuary was extended and the existing marble altar was restored and relocated away from the Sanctuary wall to accommodate both rites of the Mass. Commissioned by the Reverend Giles Dimock, OP, Prior.

Saint Joseph’s on Capitol Hill Catholic Church* (Washington, DC)

Continued renovations and interior improvements to a grand Church built in 1891. The latest improvement is the new altar; and the next being planned is the restoration of the communion rail and a new pulpit. Commissioned by Monsignor Charles Antonicelli, Pastor.

Our Loving Mother Ukrainian Catholic Church & Oratory* ( Conyers, GA)

A highly dramatic, traditional Ukrainian Church, Bell Tower and Oratory set in the rolling countryside outside Atlanta to mark a Marian Apparition Site. Commissioned by a layman for the Most Reverend Robert Moskal – Eparch of Parma.

St. Mary’s Academy and College (St. Mary’s, KS)

An entirely new, Gothic, cathedral-scale Church situated in the heart of the existing college campus. A Masterplan was created to provide proper context to all contemplated improvements to the large campus. The Chapel features a full crypt level that seats 400 Faithful and absorbs the change in topography to open directly onto the main quadrangle. The upper Church seats 1,300. Commissioned by the Priests of the Society of Saint Pius X.

Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church* (Chicago, IL)

An extensive compound dedicated to devotion to the Divine Mercy of Christ, this votive chapel, prominently located in the heart of Chicago, is inspired by early Christian examples of votive churches and will be richly decorated inside and out with mosaic, sculpture, paintings and the allied arts. Situated along the Kennedy Expressway and next to the great Church of Saint Stanislaus Kostka, the Sanctuary’s internal rotunda is preceded outside by a “nave” two stories in height that surrounds a large prayer garden with Stations of the Cross, fountains and gardens. Commissioned by the Reverend Anthony Bus, C.R., Pastor.

St. Mary, Mother of God Catholic Church — “Old St. Mary’s” (Washington, DC)

Interior and exterior improvements to one of Washington’s old and great churches. The current project is for a new devotional shrine to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Commissioned by the Reverend Alfred J. Harris, Pastor.

St. Bernadette Catholic Church (Linville, NC)

An interior architectural re-work of a mission parish in the Blue Ridge Mountains using local materials and craftsmen as well as liturgical appointments both antique and new. Commissioned by the Reverend Christopher Gober, Pastor.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Salisbury, NC)

Design Architect for the new parish church recently completed. Commissioned by the Reverend John Putnam – Pastor.

St. Ann Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)

A major renovation and addition to the basement of a never-completed Church building. This re-design removed the existing roof structure to increase the height of the space. The existing building footprint was maintained. Two small additions were made to provide for a new Chapel and to accommodate restrooms. Commissioned by the Reverend Timothy Reid, Pastor.

St. Hugh of Grenoble Catholic Church* (Greenbelt, MD)

A new Sanctuary Reredos incorporating four great icon images. The reredos is designed to provide a liturgical and theological setting for the Sacrifice of the Mass. Additional improvements to the Sanctuary are ongoing. Commissioned by the Reverend Walter Tappe, Pastor.

St. Joseph Cathedral (Sioux Falls, SD)

Proposed improvements for the major renovation to the interior of the Cathedral. Based on the several successful projects at the Cathedral under the direction of then Bishop Robert J. Carlson, the new Bishop Paul J. Swain invited Mr. McCrery to offer his sketch ideas for possible improvements to the Cathedral Church itself. Commissioned by the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, Bishop.

Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus** (Sioux Falls, SD)

A newly-built chapel situated within an existing building of Cathedral complex and the former site of 3 sacristies. Part of an overall Cathedral Masterplan, it is the setting for daily Mass and for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Everything shown is entirely new, conceived within the tradition of the unification of art and architecture in service to the Church. Commissioned by then Bishop Robert J. Carlson, now Archbishop of Saint Louis.

McEssy & Feehan Libraries — University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary** (Mundelein, IL)

A new library for the Mundelein Seminary, and a major renovation of the original historic library. This new library was commissioned as the first new building ever on an established and historic Pontifical Seminary campus. The new addition had to rise to the level of the seminary’s magnificent historic architecture. Commissioned by the then Rector, the Very Reverend John F. Canary, now Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

New Chapel for the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation** (Nashville, TN)

A new Chapel for the Dominican nuns at their Motherhouse. This large Chapel was conceived as the center of the large and growing congregation and is arranged to accommodate all its members in an antiphonally-arranged choir. This Chapel now enables the nuns to fulfill their constitution and liturgical norms for the first time in the nuns’ 175 year history. Commissioned by Mother Rose Marie Masserano, OP.

Franciscan Friary** (Hanceville, AL)

This Monastery is designed to house the Franciscan Friars of the Eternal Word – an order established under the aegis of Mother Angelica – and is to be located on the grounds of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, AL. Commissioned by the Reverend Joseph Mary Wolfe, MFVA.

Saint Joseph Monastery** (Portsmouth, OH)

This very large monastic setting was conceived as the new home for the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration and was designed to sit atop a wooded hill set within the rolling countryside of the Ohio River Valley. Commissioned by Mother Dolores Marie, PCPA.

Chapel of the Assumption** (Saginaw, MI)

This unrealized work was for the re-design of the Diocesan Center Chapel. Commissioned by then Bishop of Saginaw the Most Reverend Robert J Carlson, now Archbishop of Saint Louis.

Residential Architecture Project List

McCrery Architects’ Current Residential Commissions

Island Cottage (Sullivan’s Island, SC)

A new creek-front Cottage home outside Charleston. The house will be the family’s primary home and is designed for family living and entertaining in the Low-Country tradition. A new boat house and pier is part of the commission.

Squirrel Hill (Fairfax County, VA)

Renovation and Major Addition to an existing Log Farm House circa 1805.

Deep Creek Lodge (Deep Creek Lake, MD)

A newly-built log and stone Lodge house in the western Maryland mountains.

Franck, Lohsen, McCrery Architects’ Residential Commissions

Wayside Manor* (Middleburg, VA)

A 16,000 square foot newly-built neo-classical estate home situated in the rolling foothills west of Washington.

Fawcett-Reeder House* (Old Town Alexandria, VA)

An addition and major renovation of an existing eighteenth-century farmhouse now situated in the heart of Old Town. This project earned an AIA Honor Award (the AIA’s highest recognition) and has been published multiple times in magazines and books. The client has since commissioned McCrery Architects for a new residential commission (see Squirrel Hill House).