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St. Sharbel's Church, a Maronite Rite Catholic Church with religious roots in the Mediterranean country of Lebanon, wanted a new building to accommodate its growing parish. The design intent was to make reference to Maronite churches in Lebanon while blending the church with its rural southeastern Pennsylvania setting. A traditional Lebanese floor plan, apse, and tower were combined with pitched roofs, a fieldstone base, stone detailing, and stucco walls to make this new building a comfortable neighbor in the community.

This two-level building is sited on the side of a hill to allow on-grade access to both levels. The upper level consists of a large vestibule, the sanctuary, a choir loft, a sacristy, and a cry room. The lower level houses the church hall, kitchen, and classrooms. The trellised entrance of the hall opens onto a landscaped courtyard which overlooks a pastoral valley. Natural and artificial light play a large role in the design of the interior. Construction began in November 1997 and was completed August 1998.

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