THE RESTORATION PLAN
Built in 1931, the Presidio Chapel needs a major facelift and expansion to best serve the interfaith center of tomorrow. Issues such as earthquake codes and physical accessibility, now requiring compliance with building codes and disability access laws, were not considerations at that time the Chapel was built. Additionally, the congregations for which the Chapel was built, Protestants and Jews, worshipped in pews, while the “parish hall” downstairs was provided for Sunday School classrooms and large community gatherings. An important design challenge therefore, is to create appropriate space for those religions whose followers do not use pews but gather in circles and/or sit/kneel on the floor.
To address these concerns and guide the project, the Interfaith Center hired the renowned architectural firm, Page & Turnbull, Inc. Page & Turnbull that specializes in restoration and historic preservation. They have overseen such high-profile restoration projects as Grace Cathedral, Old First Presbyterian Church and the Asian Art Museum.
The proposed renovation project will: