Holy Cross Church

City: San Jose
Size: 8,000 square feet
Services: Architectural Design, Planning, Use Permit Compliance, Construction Administration, Interior Design
Client: Holy Cross Parish Church
Photographer: Image Center/Marco Zecchin



Rebuilding a beloved community landmark

In 2014 a fire destroyed much of the historic Holy Cross Parish Church of the Luna Park neighborhood in San Jose. The church, dating from 1906, was declared a National Italian Parish in 1911 and has been central to the community’s religious life for over a hundred years and through many renovations. TOPA Architecture was called to help with the community’s healing process. In collaboration with the parish and the families in the community, TOPA Architecture re-designed this beloved landmark. Mindful design revived the original feel of the historic church, creating a layout that felt both modern and traditional while integrating an updated footprint, modern aesthetic, and safety upgrades. The design centered around the church’s role in connecting neighborhood residents and incorporated eight original stained-glass windows and the central crucifix, an irreplaceable treasure originally crafted in Italy and miraculously saved from the fire by San Jose firefighters. Contributing to the church’s mission of being welcoming, a large, curved, stained-glass wall of windows illuminates the altar and brightens the interior.

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What our customers are saying

Scott Knies

Our staff and partners enjoyed working with Ramiro and his team, finding them easy to communicate with, open to trying new things, and responsive to feedback from all of the project participants. Topa is a reliable, flexible, and community-minded firm that helped downtown San Jose realize a wonderful project.

Scott Knies, CEO
San Jose Downtown Association

Father Joe Kim

TOPA has gone way beyond my expectations in the quality, response, and most importantly execution. They are a team-minded group and have been great to work with contractors and clients alike. If you want to get anything done in a timely manner that involves permits, go with TOPA.

Father Joe Kim, Pastor
Saint John Vianney Parish + School

Adam Tafralis

Working with TOPA has been an excellent experience. TOPA puts a great level of detail into being a great partner throughout the entire process from start to finish. TOPA’s experienced team consistently worked with great success through the ever changing construction development, permitting and design stages.

Adam Tafralis, Business Development Specialist
South Bay Construction

Marie Millares

I had the pleasure of working with Topa Architecture on private and public property projects that serve surrounding communities. They had a mindful, informative and timely approach to navigating the City approvals process and worked with our team to fit within our budget and timeline. They patiently collaborated with us and our contractors to answer questions, resolve issues and transform our wish list into thoughtful spatial solutions for meaningful interaction in public space.

Marie Millares, Facility Director

Javier Canales

It has been an absolute pleasure working with Parisa, Geno, Jorge & Ramiro. We went to TOPA Architecture because of their reputation for time efficiency, great work quality, and excellent communication. Jorge and his team have helped us stay on schedule with our ongoing complex and fast-paced projects.

Javier Canales, Facilities Project Manager
Lucid Motors

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