The trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary has chosen Robert A.M. Stern Architects to design the new chapel at VTS.
Architects chosen to redesign fire-destroyed Virginia Seminary chapel
From Episcopal News Service
Robert A.M. Stern Architects has been selected to design a new “Chapel for the Ages” at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, to replace the 129-year old building that was destroyed by fire on Oct. 22, 2010.
The trustees of VTS chose the architect by a unanimous vote during a recent board meeting.
“The board decision to go with a company of Stern’s stature was a wise one,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of VTS, according to a press release. “This is a complex building with a multitude of factors that need to be taken into account: a ruin, the preservation obligations, our contemporary and liturgical needs, as well as the continuing debate around location.”
The October 2010 fire, which was ruled accidental, began in a trash can left near a heater in the sacristy, according to an investigation report at the time.
“Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, is a 220-person firm of architects, interior designers, and supporting staff. Led by Robert A.M. Stern, the firm has established an international reputation as a leading design firm with wide experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work. Over its past 41-year history, the firm has diversified its geographical scope to include projects in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the United States,” the release said.
“In appointing Robert A.M. Stern Architects, we have a company with the depth of talent to make sure we get this right,” said Markham.