Spotlight on Community
Preservation Dallas at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas with Preservation Dallas, to observe the amazing renovation by Architexas. As a Believer, it was exciting to visit a vibrant downtown church in the middle of a modern city. The church facilities reach out in all directions, like arms extended to embrace all the community.
We parked in a convenient fenced lot and entered the crisp facade, where a friendly face behind an information desk greeted us warmly. The facilities reflected everything modern and efficient, while also radiating a warm welcome and providing great signage. We were directed to an area outside the sanctuary and invited to take a look at the church's timeline.
Oh my goodness! As their website says, "The church began with eleven members on February 3, 1856, one day after Dallas was incorporated as a city." The members have multiplied and several locations have hosted the congregation, but untying the history of Dallas from its First Presbyterian Church would be quite a task. What an important role this congregation has played in our city.
We grabbed the photos with our phone, so they don't reflect the quality we usually deliver, but we wanted you to see what was done.
Entering the Worship Center
We're fortunate to have traveled extensively world-wide, but nonetheless, the worship center wowed us. Architexas took what could have been called an outdated, dysfunctional space and turned it into a place of wonder, utilizing all the beauty the original builders created and transforming it into timeless sanctuary for the worship of the Triune God.
A living church requires much of its spaces and through the years this congregation made many modifications to the original architecture. They needed a major renovation, but they also wanted to honor their history. Architexas was the perfect partner for their project.
Anne Stimmel, AIA and Joshua Taylor, FPCD Director of Music and Worship, talked to us about the renovation. What impressed us most was the care given to uncovering the original design and function of the sanctuary's features. This was an arduous task. Many layers of grime, gold leaf and, shall we say, "creativity" had been applied since the church was built. For instance, these were a few of their challenges: