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It’s Finally Finished!

Calvary Church Sacristy IMG_2906


On Christmas Eve the Sacristy at Calvary Church re-opened and a collective sigh of relief was heard by everyone that the construction was completed in time!  The pictures above, taken with my phone, do not do the space justice, but for now they will have to suffice.  Shortly, I will launch my new website where you will be able to see the space through the lens of a professional photographer.  His photographs do a beautiful job of illustrating the tremendous transformation of the space, so please check back once the site is launched.

In an earlier post I mentioned that the goal for the project was to create a space that would be used by the altar guild to prepare for church services, while at the same time serving as a place for the minister to store his vestments and prepare himself for church services.  The minister’s vision was for the Sacristy to have the feel of a men’s dressing room — not an easy feat when you are charged with placing two sinks and a faucet!  To that end, the  cabinetry underneath the stained glass window was designed to resemble a campaign chest, with recessed pulls and corner straps to evoke a fine piece of furniture similar to what historically would be found in a dressing room.

Part of my responsibility was to preserve the integrity of this church, which was built more than 100 years ago.  If you look closely, you’ll notice that a Celtic cross is carved into the upper cabinet doors.  This image is repeated throughout the church and is a part of its history.  In addition, the bannister which leads from the altar into the Sacristy was re-built, and its design is an exact replica of the original bannister across the church.  Much thought was put into this effort to preserve the architecture of this exceptionally beautiful church, and details such as the Celtic cross and handrail are among many examples of this effort.

Once my new website is up and running, I will post photos of the Sacristy that are far superior to those taken with my phone.  For now, these will have to do!

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Before & After

 A good Before & After story is always a great way to demonstrate how a space can be transformed with a little hard work and imagination coupled with a tremendous support network of craftsmen.  I thought it would be fun to document the progress of a project that has been in the planning stages for several months.  This truly is a labor of love for me, as this project is taking place in the church where I grew up, got married, and had my children baptized.

I have had the good fortune to have been hired to replace the cabinetry in the Sacristy of Calvary Church in Summit, NJ.  This space is of tremendous importance as it is where so many preparations for Sunday services take place.  Not only is this area used by the Minister, but it is also occupied by the Altar Guild.  The challenge was two-fold.  First, how do you design a space that requires storage for items used to prepare for the service as well as two sinks to assist in those preparations, without making that space look and feel like a kitchen?  And secondly, how to you design the cabinetry so that it is in keeping with the style of a church that was built more than 100 years ago?

Over the next several weeks I will show photographs of the work in progress so that together we can see this sacred space transformed into a room that is more seamlessly integrated with the style of the rest of the church.  Today was Demo Day, so here’s the before…

Sacristy Before
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