First Baptist Church Medallion

Hammerhead doesn’t often work with brick, but we always enjoy a challenge. The scope of the large Memorial Garden project included two brick medallions designed to match the existing architecture of the church. A native to the Asheville area and an esteemed architect, Douglas D. Ellington modeled the design of the church after the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy. First Baptist Church Asheville was completed in 1927 using red brick and pink marble and is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

First Baptist Church – Asheville

It was important to us to seek out the same type of marble used in the original construction in order to make it match the original motif of the church. We were pleased to locate the matching pink marble, called Etowah marble, from Northeast Georgia.

Closeup of the natural patterns found in etowah marble

Closeup of the natural patterns found in etowah marble

 

Using a similar red brick and the sought after Etowah marble, we were able to complete the inlay modeled on the architecture of the church. On the church facade, tile is used for the corners of the medallion. We used natural stone instead for weather durability and to connect the medallions to the stonework within the Memorial Garden.

Existing motif

Existing motif

 

Completed brick and etowah inlay

Completed brick and etowah inlay