First Church of Christ
In downtown New Haven, Connecticut, Richard Turlington Architects spearheaded the renovation of this former financial institution, originally constructed around 1900. The 15,000 sq. ft. building was altered to provide a new home for a church overlooking the historic Town Green. The existing limestone cladding, stucco façade, and metal windows with fluted spandrel panels were features from a “facelift” the bank received in the 1970s.
The construction budget was limited and the original terracotta could not be restored, so we used a new color scheme to amplify the simplicity of the materials already present. This efficient design change reflected the church’s desire for a unique identity within an urban fabric.