St. Johns Church

The goal of this project was to add a new chapter to the church’s story: to maintain its sacred space; to make it more welcoming and accessible; and to foster social interaction after services.

The project encompassed a larger narthex – or main entry vestibule, revised pew layout, restoration of the tripartite stained glass window at the rear of the chancel, and the addition of space behind the alter for a new grand organ and console. The parish house was redesigned to add more usable space without increasing its size and to make it more welcoming to all parishioners. The outdoor courtyard was redesigned to accommodate the entire congregation for outdoor events, such as weddings overlooking a nearby pond.

The project also entailed upgrading various infrastructure and systems in the church and parish house: accessibility is improved throughout; new meeting and office spaces have been created in the parish house; patios have been established outdoors along with improved landscaping. Heating and cooling are now more efficient, lighting and electrical systems are improved, the kitchen has been modernized, and the sacristy renovated.

Project Details

  • Architect: Centerbrook Architects
  • Location: Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Photos: Courtesy of Ken MacLeod

St. John's Church
Front Entrance
Close up of front entrance
Stained glass window