Architectural Contract Signed


On Tuesday, March 5, I was very pleased to sign a contract with the architectural firm Cram and Ferguson to begin the design phase of the capital campaign. Out of Boston, Cram and Ferguson is the legacy firm started by Ralph Adams Cram, the architect who designed such iconic churches as the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City, All Saints Chapel at the University of the South (Sewanee), St Thomas, Fifth Ave, New York City, the Chapel at the United States Military Academy, and St Paul’s in Winston-Salem. The firm continues to design in Cram’s style and quality. A recent design and construction is the chapel at Canterbury School in Greensboro. To put it plainly, they are the best in ecclesiastical architecture, and especially in the Anglican tradition.

This past week we also received a new floorplan with added detail and labels. Now we can clearly see all the wonderful additions and practical improvements included in the campaign. We have expanded the drawing on a foam board in the narthex and copies are available in both the chapel and church. The total cost of this phase is 2.4 million dollars. We have nearly 2 million pledged with 1 million already given. The cost of construction is 2.1 million, with the remaining 300,000 covering contingencies. As with any building project, we fully expect contingencies to arise. We are still asking for pledges to help us cover that final amount so that the entire project will be covered by the campaign.

This is such an exciting time for our parish. As with anything that brings excitement, there are also butterflies. But those butterflies are tempered by full confidence in the power of prayer and the unwavering fidelity of Our Lord.

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. O come, let us adore him!

Pledge to the campaign here.

Fr. Steve Rice