Founded in 1920, Eastern Star Church began in the home of Reverend Anthony Johnson. The organization has grown to “recognize the importance of quality Christian-based education and added the full-time JEWEL Bible Institute”, which is now known as Eastern Star Church Care Center. In celebration of its 100-year anniversary, the church unveiled its plans for renovation.
Aspen Group was awarded the project because of their expertise with churches in the Midwest and Southeast regions. “Aspen Group is a ministry-focused design, build, furnish firm” that provides integrated building solutions.
The firm wanted to create a visually stimulating spiritual look to the entrance of the building. After collaborating with GBA Architectural Products + Services, the decision was made to use Spectrum block. Spectrum block is like no other glass block in the world. GBA supplied and installed three 10-foot-wide by 16-foot-high glass block crosses at the front of the building, in 8”x8”x4” and 12”x12”x4” nominal units, creating the desired focal point at the entrance of the building. With an optical coating the block allows the appearance to change in color depending on the direction you are looking at it from. It provides a unique, dramatic architectural appearance.