St. Paul's By the Sea

Jacksonville Beach, FL



Programming, Architectural Design, Landscape Design, Interior Design, Construction Administration





This project serves as a lasting legacy of religious structures designed by Ellis, Ricket & Associates. The creative use of curved planes and surfaces evokes an intimate and spiritual connection with the nearby ocean.


The concrete walls provide a durable and decorative exterior while insulating the interior.


The Jacksonville Leader reported that one overseas visitor proclaimed the building, “The finest and most exciting church architecture I’ve seen in America.” The design won the Award of Merit from the Guild of Religious Architects at its twenty-ninth National Conference. The building design evokes both a sense of marine life at the beach and the catacombs where the first Christians worshipped.