Confined to the Sanctuary, a small narthex, and an outside front lawn, the St. Richard’s Episcopal Church desired a true gathering space where the congregation could learn, worship and perhaps, most importantly, break bread together. A new 8,000 square foot Parish Hall filled that need for a group that loves to cook and eat together. Designed for flexibility, the main assembly room features “saddlebags” spaces that can be separated with folding walls for small group gatherings or unfolded to amplify the seating in the main multi-purpose hall. A dramatic vaulted ceiling with exposed wood beams and contemporary window systems complement the gothic language of the existing church campus and provide a timeless palette of materials for the new building. A large commercial kitchen extends the ability of the congregation to not only serve its members but to welcome new visitors and provide outreach to the broader community.