St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
This brand new worship facility represents one of our largest religious projects to date, designed to evoke a sense of awe and grandeur for visitors coupled with the spirituality of the church's Patron. Using a blend of smooth cut limestone and dark, rich stained wood, as well as incorporating design elements from the original church and basilica in Assisi, Italy, this 1,500 seat church and adjacent 300 seat chapel co-exist in harmony and are linked together by a beautifully landscaped plaza.
Bexar County Commissioners Courtroom
San Antonio, TX
What was once two separate courtrooms with adjacent support offices and an intermediate floor separating the two, is now a grand two-story Commissioners Courtroom, restored to its original 1896 creation. In addition to the courtroom restoration, a new stairwell spanning five floors within the courthouse was designed to bring the building up to code. One of the challenging requirements to this courtroom is that it had to serve multiple uses in order to make the room more accommodating throughout the year. This courtroom primarily serves as the Commissioner's Courtroom, but can also accommodate high-profile trials as well as private social events and banquets. To facilitate this, the Judge's Bench floors are designed to be operable and can be electronically raised and lowered depending on the event. Due to a lack of plenum space and exterior perimeter walls, an energy efficient variable refrigerant flow system was designed into the balcony structure and provides the entire room's heating and cooling needs.
St Monica Catholic Church
What was once a dark and uninviting sanctuary is now a light and airy worship space that honors the memories of the building before it. We worked colaboratively with the church on a full interior renovation of their existing facility overhauling the entire building's interior design to fit a more contemporary aesthetic. Existing mechanical and electrical systems were overhauled in favor of more energy efficient systems and the acoustics in the room were greatly improved thanks to strategically designed acoustic wall and ceiling treatments. In keeping with the intended light & airy feel of the room, the central skylight over the altar was restored to bring light through an existing circular stained glass window and become one of main focal points of the space once again.
Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum
The restoration of the Knights of Pythias building is the centerpiece of Cuero’s downtown revival. Working with local preservationist developer, Robert Oliver, Fisher Heck assisted with documenting the existing building and preparing a plan for restoring the exterior as well as some of the interior spaces. It was ultimately determined that a new two-story annex had to be added to the building in order to house a new gift shop, offices, catering kitchen and restrooms. These spaces would in turn support a large museum gallery space on the first floor of the original building with community meeting rooms above. The museum's mission since being established in 2000, is ‘to preserve the ranching and western heritage of South Central Texas through interpretative exhibits, research, and educational programs’.
Salado Outdoor Classroom Pavilion
San Antonio, TX
As the first building to be built in the 311-acre Phil Hardberger Park, the pavilion had to be symbolic of the regional environment and display sustainable building practices. The lightly suspended roof covers an outdoor classroom, park offices and public restrooms, while also providing electricity for the facility with the help of solar photovoltaic panels. The classroom and trailhead serve as a place to learn about ecology and urban agriculture and sustainable technologies, such as the large rainwater cisterns used to store rainwater for irrigation. The pavilion and trailhead connect the park to the Salado Creek Greenway and the larger greenway system of San Antonio.
St Anthony Claret Catholic Church
San Antonio, TX
Built on the highest point in Bexar County, the parishioners of this iconic church commonly call this “the church in the clouds”. The design of this 1,000 seat worship facility takes in the beautiful Hill Country views through large northern windows out the Nave, flooding the interior with daylight. The dramatic stepped profile of the façade eliminates direct sunlight from entering the worship space while careful consideration was made to insure that no cars or buildings would be visible while seated in the Nave - only the Hill Country and beautiful sunsets. This project remains to this day, one of our favorites.
San Antonio, TX
This 6,100 SF hilltop home commands a spectacular view of the golf course below and city beyond, while nestling gently and unassumingly into the native terrain. With its horizontal lines and deep overhangs, reminiscent of the Prairie Style of architecture, the home’s design and layout focus all attention toward the expansive windows along the west wall, providing an unparalleled panorama of the multi-level terraces surrounding the pool.
Atascosa County Courthouse Restoration
Fisher Heck first became involved with the courthouse in 1994 when a large corbel fell from one of the corner towers. Emergency repairs lead to the restoration of the exterior masonry and clay tile roof. In 2002, the county received funding from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program to complete the building restoration, including a full interior renovation of the building. The 1912 courthouse is the only extant Mission Revival style county courthouse in Texas.
San Fernando Cathedral Restoration
San Antonio, TX
The San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest Catholic Cathedral Sanctuary in the United States and is an iconic landmark in downtown San Antonio. As all old buildings do with age, they start to wear down and deteriorate. We had the privilege of being selected to restore the church while bringing its infrastructure up to modern standards including new efficient mechanical and electrical systems. Restoring the cathedral properly also meant interpreting the importance of the cathedral’s earlier periods while still allowing the church to serve the needs of contemporary liturgy. The result of this dramatic restoration will allow generations to enjoy this historic landmark for years to come.
Claretian Founding House
San Antonio, TX
The Claretian Founding House is not only a physically restored, historic resource; but it's also a re-established, valuable anchor in a historic part of downtown San Antonio. The restoration included re-pointing the brick facade, installing a new standing seam metal roof, and replacing deteriorated limestone sills, missing stone accent pieces and deteriorated wood windows where needed. The complete renovation of the interior provided a new and improved communal living facility for the priests and brothers of the Order as the House was originally intended. In addition, the redesigned site provides a soothing water fountain in the rear courtyard as well as several intimate spaces for individual reflection, communal gatherings, and combined functions with the parish community.
We are a San Antonio architecture firm, dedicated to designing projects that strengthen and benefit community. We offer a unique combination of traditional sensibilities, innovation, and integrated project management to a variety of clientele. Our office ranks as one of San Antonio's leading architecture firms for religious and historical projects.
Since our establishment in 1982, we have undertaken commissions in the fields of Religious architecture, Cultural preservation, Municipal institutions, Adaptive Reuse, Educational architecture, as well as Commercial and Residential design.