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Trinity Episcopal Church

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Reflecting the ethos of the congregation, the new Parish Hall for Trinity Episcopal Church in Marble Falls, Texas exhibits openness, informality and connectedness to the its rural setting. Flexible planning of the fellowship hall and classroom spaces gives the congregation the ability to accommodate both large and small gatherings, while the efficiently designed commercial kitchen allows for professional catering of events. A new, lushly planted courtyard between the Church proper and the Parish Hall is a contemplative space that forms an active connection with the rural aspect of the environment. The unexpected and playful use of three large glass garage doors on the courtyard side of the Parish Hall open to full height, allowing the courtyard and Parish Hall spaces to intermingle with open-air informality. At the annual St. Francis’ Day Blessing of the Animals, the garage doors are opened so that the ritual blessing can occur in the open air courtyard where the animals are gathered, highlighting the mutual interdependence of man and nature.

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