St. Michael the Archangel Catholic ChurchLeawood, Kansas
Space for 1,100 Parishioners
This new church building is the latest piece of the St. Michael the Archangel master plan, which began with the completion of a K-8 parish school and education center in 2003. In this unified campus, an outdoor plaza and walkway connect the education building to the new church.
The church is located in a prominent site atop a hill. It is large, significant, carefully designed and full of legible symbolism. The exterior features traditional Italian Renaissance forms including rolled volutes, a bell tower and the octagonal baptistery.
In the interior, the nave and transept arms form three sides of a Greek cross with the pews facing the sanctuary that is raised four steps above the aisles. The Sanctuary displays a Reredos (altarpiece) with custom designed murals and Composite Order columns and entablature. The Baptistery features a hand painted dome, Corinthian columns with marbled finish, stained glass, and a marble font carved in Italy. The Altar of Sacrifice, Ambo and Altar of Reservation are also Italian marble, carved from the Architect’s designs. A rich blue ceiling paint color and contrasting paint themes were designed to enhance the features of the solidity of the main support structures.
Dedicated in June 2009, the Church and the ornate Nave provides a breath taking worship home for Parish families seating up to 1,100 parishioners at a time. It is truly a facility designed for future generations.
Interior photos by ©mspillers2010 & exterior photos by Manginelli Productions 2009.