St. Matthews

A prominent Lutheran church in York, Pennsylvania made several additions and improvements to their existing church building, part of which was the curved glulam porte cochère shown here. The curved glulams are over fifty feet long and rest on a massive glulam beam and stone piers at the outer end. The roof is covered with heavy Lock-Deck tongue and groove.

Although this type of construction might not evoke the feel of a traditional timber frame, there is still the warmth and tactile gratifications of wood to welcome church goers. And the design, though seemingly simple in itself, pulls you right in. The contemporary feel of the porte cochère contrasts nicely with the traditional early 20th century architecture of the rest of the church.

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