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Metropolitan Baptist Church

location

3500 Baring Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

owners

Metropolitan Baptist Church

funding

Private funds

 

project description

 

New Elevator and HVAC Equipment for an historic Church

The sanctuary of this grand Victorian Church, which is graced with original Tiffany stained glass windows, is located on the second floor of the structure.  Access to it has been from a grand stair hall at the front of the Church, which was becoming more formidable with time for the Churchís aging congregation.  So as not to prevent anyone from attending service the congregation felt it was time to install an elevator.  They also needed to refurbish the broken air conditioning system.

The Church sought Campbell Thomas & Co.ís expertise in dealing sensitively with historic structures, to place the new elevator and equipment in the least obtrusive manner possible. To this end, CTC located the elevator in-between the Church and its former rectory making it virtually invisible from the exterior, yet conveniently located close to the front main entrance to the Church.  With its consultants, CTC was able to place new air conditioning and ductwork unobtrusively in the historic structure.

The Church building committee came to CTC, in the middle of February, with a very tight schedule.  They were anxious to have air conditioning in place by the summer.  CTC worked with the congregation, the Contractor and local code officials to accelerate the normal design and construction process so that the Church could meet its goal to have air conditioning in by July.