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We are pleased to announce that our Interior Design Studio has received Honorable Mention in the Institutional category of the 2012 ASID IDEA Awards for their work at  High Street United Methodist Church.

Having outgrown their previous location, High Street United Method Church (HSUMC) of Franklin, Virginia wished to create a space that functioned as a community center and a welcoming place of worship. The new building speaks to the congregation’s long history in downtown Franklin while celebrating their hope in the future. HSUMC commissioned Bruce Wardell Architects (BRWA), of Charlottesville, Virginia, to design a new church for them following a generous donation from a member of their congregation – and BRWA invited our firm’s Interior Design studio to help integrate the elements of unity, hope, history and community throughout the churches interiors and furnishings.

Seeking to provide a space that could provide community stewardship, the design team used traditional materials and forms in a contemporary way to broaden the churches audience, extend its range of services and support the church’s values. Capitalizing on the re-use of some of the church’s historical elements, including some of the light fixtures and stained-glass windows, finish materials were selected that spoke to the rich history of the congregation as part of the Franklin community. The new facility provides state of the art media and technical resources and generous room for growth as part of the church’s message of hope and commitment to the future.