The building is massed into
the hillside to minimize bulk. A 16-foot square plan was the
least area required for the equipment. The retaining wall
adjacent to the road served internally to mount values and
pumps, saving valuable floor space. The use of a timeless
waterstruck brick, the locally-quarried gray stone quoins,
cedar rafter extensions and trim, and a terne roof speak to
the dignity of the location. The quarter plan tower carries
the stained glass window, for which we did an original design.
The planes of the tower ascend from the mgnificient gate with
increasing pitch to the peak. The gate, made of sandblasted
steel, was a triumph. We worked in an older vocabulary, with
a sense of proportion and scale, to make the building fit
both its modern need, and its ecumenical role.