The Church, located in Sag Harbor, New York, is a 12,000 square foot adaptive reuse and restoration project that returns the landmarked 1836 Methodist Church back to the community as a vibrant center for creative exchange. The re-imagined facility features an artists-in-residence program with on-site accommodations, flexible making spaces, exhibition galleries, a resource library, and a public garden.
Our approach celebrates the rich history of the structure, while introducing contemporary interventions that creates a dynamic dialogue between old and new. Demolition from prior renovation attempts revealed the original rustic wood framing throughout and gave us the opportunity to expose the sublime geometry of the original structure, which emerges in dramatic relief. Additions to the space are clearly expressed and differentiated as extremely light interventions to accentuate their formal juxtaposition while complementing original elements, and a revelation of magnificent, light-filled volumes and rich material textures characterizes the spatial experience. One special feature includes portraits of notable East End Artists painted by our client, Eric Fischl, that will be installed within the soaring windows of the exhibit space as a modern reference to stained glass, giving the visitor a more meaningful experience and to glowing as illuminated beacons to the community after dark.