Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church

Sea Isle City, NJ

Construction of New Church; Conversion of Former Church to a Chapel

A vibrant parish serving both the year-round and seasonal shore communities of Sea Isle City, KCBA planned and designed a major expansion of this church complex. The parish’s original 200-seat church, a cherished structure that had served the local Catholic community since the mid-19th century, no longer met their spatial and functional needs. After exploring a number of solutions, the approach that was ultimately implemented featured conversion of the existing church into a daily mass chapel and construction of a new 1,000-seat church linked via support spaces to the original structure. The chief aesthetic goal of the project was to retain the prominence of the original church in the new configuration while also melding new construction with the existing Carpenter Gothic aesthetic. This was accomplished by employing similar building massing and scale as well as analogous architectural features and building materials.