St. Paul United Methodist Church

Dallas, Texas

St. Paul United Methodist Church, located in the Dallas Arts District, was constructed from 1901 through 1921 largely by volunteer labor. Brick for the structure and exterior was not purchased all at one time but instead was acquired in small lots as funds became available. This incremental construction process is still visible in the multiple colors of brick in the exterior walls, and the congregation celebrates the tapestry resulting from this evolution as an important part of its history. The building is now designated as a Dallas Historic Landmark.

GFF first completed a programming and feasibility study for the restoration and rehabilitation of St. Paul, then provided exhibits for use in a capital campaign before providing design and construction services. The rehabilitation project included extensive structural stabilization and restoration of all exterior masonry and stained glass, along with the addition of an elevator. The sanctuary was maintained in its historic configuration and remaining original finishes were restored, while adding new functional elements. Historic curved pews were painstakingly restored and reupholstered. The fellowship hall, welcome center, and administrative suite were fully reconfigured to better meet the current needs of the congregation. All new mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems were installed. As part of the rehabilitation, many spaces were stripped to the studs, revealing original construction which had been hidden for as long as a hundred years. New and refurbished systems and finishes will again conceal that original construction for another century.

In 2011, this project received a Preservation Achievement Award from Preservation Dallas.