PLACES OF WORSHIP: First Presbyterian Church Remodel | Fresno, CA | Built
First Presbyterian Church of Fresno is one of the most thriving churches remaining in Fresno’s downtown. As the congregation has grown and changed over time, it was determined that new spaces designed to support outdoor activity were needed. The original brick and concrete international style of architecture was felt to be harsh and a detriment to attracting new members not only from downtown neighborhoods but from across the community as a whole. The new design included a courtyard that faced the street and new façades on the three exposed sides of the sanctuary that created a softer, more approachable architectural expression that more accurately reflected the personality of the congregation. Traditional church forms and massing were translated to this composition including a renovation of the existing tower that was felt to be proportionally too short. The height of the tower was increased and dormers were added to the stained glass windows that line the nave to carefully create a new identity and not detract from the adjacent historic landmark building.
(Architect of Record: Taylor Teter Partnership)