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Huber Memorial Church – Community Life Center

Huber Memorial Church, a 1,200-member African American church in northeast Baltimore City, and Waldon Studio Architects have been working together since 2008 on the design for their new Community Life Center. The site for the new facility is within 2 miles of the existing historic Huber Memorial Church. This congregation, like many others in 2008, was hit very hard by the recession. As a result, the project timeline extended for a number of years and the design changed to accommodate a budget lowered from $12M to under $10M. The spirit and goal of the church to reach its community was unwavering, and the project forged onward until opening its doors in the summer of 2017.

  • Location

    Baltimore, MD

  • Client

    Huber Memorial Church

  • Project Type

    New Construction

  • Notable Award(s)

    NACDB - Special Recognition

  • Year Completed


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Huber Memorial Church – Community Life Center

The concept of the building’s curved forms was in response to the church’s vision statement to “Rescue, Redeem, and Recreate.” The vertical, rounded fin walls on the exterior represent the “R” shape, “reaching out” to the community.
The two-story, 60,000sf building includes classrooms, administrative offices, commercial kitchen, fellowship hall, and large multipurpose room / gymnasium which is also used for worship, accommodating 1,000 seats. A future phase 2 addition is planned for the northeast side of the building, which will include a dedicated 1,500-seat sanctuary and more classroom space, along with a curved roof form, oriented in the opposite direction as the phase 1 curves, in keeping with the theme of “Reaching”. The phase one design includes a large circulation corridor along the northeast building edge to allow for ease of phase 2 construction, without disrupting ongoing activities in the phase 1 side of the building. Because the site is heavily sloped, terraced parking was needed. Further, this was one of the first projects to follow Maryland’s new environmental regulations and consequently made use of extensive bio-swales.

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