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VTS chapel design approved

Virginia Theological Seminary announces acceptance of a design concept for a chapel to replace the one that burned down last year:

At its November 9, 2011, board meeting, the trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary made historic decisions that will move the Seminary forward with its plans to build a new chapel. large_news742261_602341.jpg

Based on recommendations by the Chapel for the Ages Committee to the board’s Building and Grounds Committee, the trustees unanimously approved the Chapel Concept Designs as developed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York. The building envisioned will complement the red brick of the historic buildings currently on campus and will include a slate roof and a motor court at the ceremonial entrance to the chapel. The blueprint for the chapel acknowledges the need for support rooms such as a sacristy, a vesting room, a choir room, and a nursery.

The worship space is designed in the shape of a Greek cross with seating such that no one will be situated more than seven rows away from the altar. The design allows for plenty of natural light although no decision has been made about the use of stained glass.


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Paul Woodrum

A church building should proclaim the Gospel by giving contemporary form to theology and liturgy.

The above article and sketch seem to suggest that style, a take on Georgian, is the deciding factor in the design. I presume much theological and liturgical discussion went into this project only to be betrayed by a false historicism that conflicts with the Gospel. This is especially sad in a marvelous place entrusted with the spiritual formation of our clergy.

Lois Keen

Yes, please, Paul, and include a drawing that illustrates the theology part. That would be great.


Hi Paul, could you please elaborate on the “little about theology” comment?

Paul Woodrum

All about style – phony Georgian in this case — little about theology.

Expected but disappointing.

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