St. Bartholomew's Chapel Valley Center, California
St. Bartholomew’s Chapel is located on the Rincon Indian Reservation in a picturesque valley at the headwaters of the San Luis Rey River and the base of Mount Palomar. The project was a re-build of the chapel after wildfires destroyed the original structure. Only the original adobe bell tower survived the wildfires that destroyed the historic structure. The project consisted of a 4,200 sf chapel along with a 2,600 sf fellowship hall.
The project had many sustainable construction practices including natural daylighting, photovoltaic systems along with a natural palette of materials that were derived directly from the site; rammed earth walls, locally harvested wood, and abundant river rock.
Client: Rincon Indian Tribe
Architect: Kevin deFreitas Architects
Building Area: 6,000 sf