GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
This 1883 gothic revival church will receive an upgrade to the existing Nave and Chancel to fit the needs of the new Casavant Freres organ which is being fabricated for the church in Quebec, Canada. The new pipe organ will require many functional and stylistic changes including the chancel platform which will be changed to have a semicircular front and will be clad in pink Tennessee marble. There will be a diamond of encaustic tile installed under the baptismal font down the Nave’s center aisle. The encaustic tiles’ color and layout have been modeled off of existing historical encaustic tile in the Narthex of the Church. Liturgical furnishings are also being altered/upgraded to fit the Sanctuary’s design and function following the organ’s installation. Several of the pews are being cut or reconfigured to fit around the new home of the baptismal font and the new Chancel platform. Alongside the organ will be a new altar, credence table, aumbry, and pedestals, which will be installed on the new Chancel platform. While many liturgical furnishings are being replaced, the original pulpit, altar railing, lectern, and gothic clergy chairs are being saved for reincorporation into the new design. A new dumbwaiter will be installed to carry the sacraments for communion from the Undercroft (basement) of the Church to the Chancel. In the Undercroft, structural reinforcements will be installed to support the new platform’s weight and to prevent deflection. These reinforcements include structural columns and sistering LVLs on either side of the existing joists and will be completed before the upgrades to the sanctuary begin.
Architects: Terry Bryd Eason Design | Owner: Grace Episcopal Church | Location: Lexington, VA