Franck & Lohsen Architects

St. Clare of Assisi

Charleston, SC

This new Catholic church will make a significant contribution to the civic architecture in a neo-traditional community in Charleston, SC. It will be located on Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island, which is the main street of this community and will be adjacent to Etiwan Park as well as Bishop England High School.

Designed in the neo Gothic style with hints of the Romanesque the design references the Basilica of Santa Chiara in Assisi, Italy which contains the remains of St. Clare who is the patron Saint for this church.

The exterior incorporates a buff color brick combined with limestone elements referencing the local vernacular and climate of the Charleston area. Iconic towers and spires pierce the skyline and will serve as a terminus to Seven Farms Drive.

The master plan calls for the church building, a two story administrative and education building and a building serving as an event space. These three buildings will be connected by an exterior cloister offering a contemplative exterior courtyard space.