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Church on Morgan

  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • Size: 9,200 SF
  • Market: Repositioning
  • Client: Edenton Street United Methodist Church

Demolition and rework of a complex of buildings at the corner of Blount and Morgan Street—a mash-up of four buildings built between 1905 and 1986. Over the years, repeated renovations had yielded a circuitous maze of hallways, offices, and inaccessible spaces.

We worked with the church to create a sanctuary in an old warehouse portion, create a single, pronounced point of entry, open up fellowship spaces indoors and out, and reestablish an accessible route throughout the entire complex. What was once a maze now accommodates community events throughout the week and hosts over 300 people worship on Sunday mornings.

Logistics and planning were critical as construction took place on a busy intersection in downtown Raleigh such that McDonald York had to accommodate vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Fencing and signage were installed to keep traffic flowing and provide safety for workers and pedestrians.

2016 AIA NC Merit Award
2017 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance