Church Project Theorem: How the $#%@ do I get in here?


How the $#%@ do I get in here? refers to the tendency of Protestant churches to have off-kilter layouts. Roman Catholic churches — at least the ones worth seeing — are designed fairly simply. The façade of the building always faces front, and is the most prominent and most ornate part of the exterior. It’s designed so there’s no mistaking the fact that that is where you are supposed to enter.

Ok, fine, most of them have side doors, too. But my point is that, at the very least, you have a clear idea of where you’re supposed to go.

Protestant churches, by contrast, tend to utilize strange constructions, with multiple sides and crazy angles. There’s not always a focal entry point, and it’s not always easy to tell where to go. That’s not necessarily a knock against Protestant architecture. They just like to make entering and exiting a little interesting.

Notable Examples: