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  7. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Team / atelierjones

Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Team / atelierjones

  • 01:00 - 16 April, 2013
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Team / atelierjones
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Team / atelierjones, © Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

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  • Architects

  • Location

    15 Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98109, United States
  • Design Team

    Susan Jones, Brian Gerich, Kristin Saunders, Greg Bishop, Audrey van Horne, Roma Shar
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Building Committee

    Melissa Skelton, Adam Conley, Denise Crawford, Ellen Hill, John Hill, Ralph Karskadden, d, Catherine Reid, Daryl Schlick, Mark Taylor
  • Owner’s Representative

    Larry Brouse
  • Original 1962 Architect

    Robert Theirault, AIA, d.
  • DePelecyn studio Lighting Design

    Carol DePelecyn
  • Civil Engineers

    Laurie Pfarr, Steve Hatzenbueler
  • Structural Engineers

    Jim Harriott, Harriott, Valentine Engineers
  • General Contractor

    Loch Anderson, John Hall, Paul Wasell, Foushee Contractors
  • Storefront Installation

    Bill Joy
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

Text description provided by the architects. The project is a renovation of and design of a new entry addition to an iconic mid-century Northwest Modernist church, designed by Steinhart/Theriault in 1962. The worn 50 year old structure required a new liturgical space for gatherings around a new full-immersion baptismal artist-designed font, as well as accessibility, structural and energy upgrades. Careful choices about stripping away the years of accumulated renovations that had marred the powerful space were required.

© Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

 A new transparent entry out to the very urban, gritty commercial street creates a new public oriented space for gatherings around the new font. Geometries from the dramatic roof are subtly used in the new addition to create a relationship to the existing structure, without imitating its iconic drama. A new shingled art glass wall evoking detailing of the powerful copper shingles of the exterior replaces the existing cheap, 1960’s plastic film coated-single pane glass. The project was initiated and completed during the recent economic downturn, with extreme energy from the congregation, on budget at $85/sf.

© Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

Inside, new cast, resin-tinted art glass held by custom extruded aluminum clips frames new insulated glass units on the East and West walls replacing the visual clash and energy inefficiency of the existing glass. The nave culminates in a newly finished altar platform with a new artist-designed altar. The 60’ high wall behind the altar was treated with an architect-designed artistic paint that illumines the entire church. New lighting illuminates the dramatic mid-century structure bringing cohesive design through detailing and materials to the space.


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