Copper Elements Enhance Mission-Style Architecture

Copper sheeting was applied to the doors to preserve and extend their life.

Copper sheeting was applied to the doors to preserve and extend their life.

Copper elements now adorn St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Keller, Texas. Fabricated by CopperCraft, the custom designed elements enhance the mission-style architecture frequently found in Texas. Over the years, the sanctuary’s oversized wooden doors began to decay from exposure. Rather than replace them, copper sheeting was applied to their exterior to preserve and extend their life. The doors were planed and prepped so that the 20-ounce copper could meld to their profile. Now adorned by a copper surface, the doors create a sense of beauty that welcomes worshipers to the main sanctuary.

Copper elements adorn the church doors and outdoor pavilion.

Copper elements adorn the church doors and outdoor pavilion.

Copper accents were also applied to the outdoor pavilion located on the grounds between the church and the parochial school. A custom-fabricated 15 inch double-lock copper standing seam roof covers the octagonal pavilion. Inspired by an existing CopperCraft design, the cupola was created specifically for the site. CAD renderings were used to design the aluminum frame that was subsequently covered with a plywood substrate, waterproofed, and clad in copper.

These elements have revived the church for the next generation.

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