Saint Rocco Catholic Church

Avondale, PA

Master Plan and Design of New Church Campus

The new Saint Rocco Catholic Church was established by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as the area’s first national parish designated to serve the needs of Spanish-speaking Catholics and celebrate Hispanic heritage. Located in southern Chester County Pennsylvania, KCBA provided master planning and architectural services to establish a warm, welcoming, and culturally familiar place of worship for the nearly 3,000 families in the community. Set on a beautiful rural site, the new building reflects the architectural traditions and customs of the largely Mexican American congregation. The 500-seat church was inspired by the famed Mission San Juan Capistrano in California. Highlights include a stucco exterior, bell tower and cupola, retablo wall, and the reuse of furniture and appointments from other area churches. A simple axial floor plan supports a heavy reliance on processions during services. A large outdoor plaza hosts the congregation’s extensive outdoor activities and events as well as leads to a formal, ceremonial entrance to the building.