Alexander
Gorlin
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New Church Swedenborgian

The renovation of this 1858 Greek Revival-style chapel salvaged the badly damaged roof and saved the ornate craftsmanship of the sanctuary, allowing the congregation to return and subsequently expand after a 10-year hiatus. Special care was taken to preserve the original details of the chapel, located in a historic east side neighborhood of Manhattan. On the exterior, damaged moldings were restored and a new glass canopy was built over the entry. The roof was rebuilt and its wooden trusses slowly raised and repaired. A skylight in the chancel was repaired and reopened after years of damage and neglect. Today the space is made available to local institutions for concerts, lectures, support groups and other events.

The project won the 2005 Faith and Form Religious Architecture Award.

Type
Institutional

Location
New York, NY

Client
New Church Swedenborgian

Photography
Peter Aaron

Press
Faith and Form

Tags
sanctuary, award-winning, historic renovation, church, Manhattan, New York City

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