James City County, Virginia
Guernsey Tingle Architects conducted a master plan to accommodate a rapidly growing congregation that had outgrown both their historic chapel, which seats approximately 75, and their parish house, used for coffee hours but long-since unusable for large gatherings. The parishioners desired a new building that would not only reflect the architecture of the historic chapel, but also the intimate atmosphere. This 5,500 square foot phase-one building includes a 200-seat worship space and support spaces, narthex, nursery, and much-needed storage. The building is compartmentalized to create an intimate sanctuary setting for regular services with a large narthex for coffee hour, but can be opened up to become one open space for parish suppers, large-capacity services, and other gatherings. The building is the first phase of a master plan to be completed over the next several years, to include a multipurpose wing, education wing, and possibly, a larger sanctuary, if needed.