Located in the Lents neighborhood urban renewal district, this mid-century church building was now home to a primarily Russian speaking congregation. The client wanted to remodel the exterior to improve the street presence and character of the structure, which is sited parallel to busy 92nd Ave.
Recognizing budget constraints, DMS redesigned the short ends of the building, leaving the more neutral long central portion of the structure intact. The new facades provide a clear sense of front and rear to the building that was previously lacking, with entry canopies providing weather protection for parishioners arriving from adjacent parking areas. Curvilinear and tower elements were incorporated into the design, which combined with the use of stucco and stone for finish materials, reference the traditional church aesthetic historically associated with the congregation’s ethnicity.