Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church


Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church


Pewaukee, Wisconsin


72,371 SF


2006 – 2020

Opened in 2006, this two-level structure includes a beautiful 525-seat sanctuary, a large narthex gathering area, a 50-person chapel, a library, a coat room, and church offices on the main level.  The lower level of the building is exposed on three sides on a natural hillside and houses a 200-seat fellowship hall, full kitchen, meeting rooms, and classrooms, and is designed for use as a daycare, preschool, or elementary school. The church sits on one of the highest points in Waukesha County and was situated close to a major highway with parking behind to increase visibility. A dramatic, 45-foot cross, situated in the main altar gable can be seen for miles. Extensive studies were conducted to provide the congregation with a clear view of the sky through the main cross while not allowing any direct sun-glare into the seating area. All sanctuary viewing angles are also maximized for open sightlines with a fan-shaped seating arrangement only 12 rows deep from the altar.

Within 15 years of opening, the congregation had doubled in size. In 2017, planning began on a large multi-use facility that would provide the necessary space the Church needed to foster its expanding community. The new addition, completed in 2020, connects the existing building to the new addition with a large gathering space that leads into a sizable event center and gymnasium that provides space for over 400 seats for banquets, 800 seats for worship, basketball, recreation, and a plethora of events in between.  The expansion includes additional classrooms, new office space, and parking.


  • ASID Wisconsin Design Excellence Award
  • Educational/Institutional – Bronze