American Martyrs Church

American Martyrs Church

Client: American Martyrs Catholic Church
Partner in Charge: Maureen Sullivan

American Martyrs Church

American Martyrs Church

The circa-1957 Mid-Century Modern-style church had been sorely in need of loving attention.  The rehabilitation effort included an extensive redesign of the entry plaza to provide a welcome place for gathering and greeting. The newly enlarged entry portal was fitted with custom bronze doors.  The transformation of the 8,500 square-ft nave involved new ceiling acoustical treatment, new flooring, the refinishing of existing pews, new lighting and an extensive AV system. The project also included newly designed confessional rooms, side chapels, crying room, choir area and handicap accessible restrooms.

The most impactful part of the renovation was the inclusion of an elaborate lighting package. The carefully integrated fixtures provide multiple accents throughout the nave and apse as well as decorative and general lighting at the narthex.  The totality of the refurbishment maintains the history and permanence of the original church, enhances the spiritual and communal experience, and allows for a closer connection between the celebrant and congregation.


V. Joseph Pica – Principal
Scot Oehlbert – Architect
Mimi Pon – Designer

Sandy Ruddan – Architect
Anne Wong – Project Manager


Client: American Martyrs Catholic Church
Project Size: 8,000 SF
Opening Date: 2021
Construction Cost: $6,200,000

Photography by Randall Michelson



145 S Fairfax Ave Suite 403
Los Angeles, California 90036

Tel: (323) 653 7124