Christ Church Neighborhood House

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

After a century of service to historic Christ Church, the oldest Episcopal church in America, the adjacent Neighborhood House building was in need of renovation to better meet the needs of the congregation, community groups, and the 250,000 annual visitors. The array of uses for the Neighborhood House is dizzying. The Fringe Theater Festival uses the third floor gym for performances, a preschool uses the south end of the building, church offices, archives, AAA, choir, wedding receptions, and coffee after services to name a few. The visitor and the congregation experience in moving from the Church to the parish hall was difficult as the path between was inaccessible and circuitous. The Neighborhood House itself was inaccessible and didn’t meet code for egress.

Close examination revealed underutilized spaces, informing a new program that serves multiple, carefully choreographed functions. A fully-glazed atrium was created as an infill addition, linking the Neighborhood House with the adjacent Washburn House, resulting in clearer paths of circulation and providing an accessible entry, location for a fire stair and an elevator.

Landscape completed in association with Sikora Wells Appel.


Grand Jury Award, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, 2014
General Building Contractors Association Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter, Award for Excellence in Construction, 2010


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Size: 24,000 sf
Budget: $2.6 million


Architecture, Historical Preservation, Planning, Landscape

Christ Church Neighborhood House

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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