written by Jon Rollins
On September 13, 2018, the Board of Historic Fort Worth, Inc. presented a Preservation Project Award to GFF for the renovation of the Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University.
The design team was charged with three primary goals: increased usability and flexibility, improved accessibility, and updated aesthetics.
The chancel platform was expanded, the organ console raised, and a wheelchair lift added. Wood flooring was introduced to bring warmth to the room, and a custom-colored carpet was laid in the main aisle as a subtle nod to TCU’s branding. A two-tone paint scheme highlights the original woodwork and moulding details. The original pews were refurbished and the first two rows were made reconfigurable. A custom chancel rail references a pattern in the transom window above the entrance to the chapel. Ramps were added in an adjacent arcade to create an interior accessible route, and new accessible restrooms were provided.
The result is a renovation which respects the history of the chapel while maximizing its usefulness in today’s world.
Interested in hearing more about historic preservation? Jon Rollins, a principal at GFF, will be presenting “Renovating a Historic Church: Opportunities and Pitfalls for Your Congregation” on Thursday, November 15th at the WFX Conference in Orlando, FL. Stop by to meet Jon and learn more on the subject!