Posted by Ellen Krafve - email
TYLER, TX - Covered in aging cedar siding and nestled behind a stand of trees, Tyler Christian Fellowship is almost unnoticeable just off Old Jacksonville Highway - but that is all about to change with a facelift.
"Right now we feel like we are invisible," TCF Pastor Joe Canal said of the 33-year-old building. "We hope the outside will soon reflect what is happening inside our church."
TCF has chosen a design by Ron Mabry Architects to be their new look. The firm has extensive experience with religious and education facility design.
"Through our design, the goal is to make the building more noticeable and more inviting," said Ron Mabry, president of Ron Mabry Architects.
Maintenance of the cedar façade had become a headache for the small non-denominational congregation of about 190. The cedar panels were rotting away and had become the home to squirrels, birds and insects. Features of the new design include low-maintenance architectural panels that change shade as a driver passes, as well as a large, open foyer to welcome members and guests.
"We're also building an exterior centerpiece to the auditorium that brings a focal point to the exterior of the church," said Bryan Jacobe, VP and director of operations for Jacobe Brothers Construction.