On a small lot near downtown Des Plaines, this aging building had been added onto numerous times over its long history. Lacking windows, and communicating a cloistered, uninviting image, the congregation desired to “open up” the building to make it visitor friendly to all individuals. The first priority was to establish a new main entrance and glass atrium lobby to drastically change the fortress-like appearance of the building. Classrooms and offices were relocated to allow construction of a new gathering area and café for fellowship before and after services. New, larger, and wider corridors facilitate internal movement and make the existing worship center easy to find. A new elevator was added to provide main level accessibility to all individuals.

Architects: Carlson Architecture
Location: 
946 E. Thacker St. Des Plaines, IL 60016
Size: 3,000 s.f. Addition and 11,000 s.f. Renovation
Site: Suburban
General Contractor: Schramm  Construction

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    Christopher Harrison Reply

    I’m a member of this church, and really enjoyed the write-up. I believe it would be add to the text by including a photo of the structure before the remodel to show how dramatic the update is.

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