Originally designed in 1959, Epiphany Lutheran Church occupies the prominent Western terminus of Richmond's Monument Avenue at its intersection with Horsepen Road in Henrico County. The building site is also the highest elevation along this corridor west of the state Capital building downtown. It's hard to imagine making a better place for establishing Community.

In recent years, the congregation conducted a "Vision 2020" discernment process to help guide its focus on growth. Attracting new families, and young people is paramount for many old-line churches in the United States as they seek to survive and to thrive.

Our firm has been asked to create a new Commons for the church which would be highly visible, accessible, and modern. Simultaneous to this task, is to renovate portions of the existing facility and to relocate the music room, administration suite, and other meeting spaces.

The goals of a new church Commons are to:

  • Provide Visibility

  • Showcase Service and Outreach

  • Create Architecture that matches who Epiphany is - an Active and Vibrant Congregation

During the concept design process, we recognized the unique opportunity in the site plan to finally connect and unite the intended axis between an existing Columbarium and an existing Cross - recalling that the birth of the Church itself and a new faith Community was brought forth from death and resurrection. Our site analysis became the origin for the new building form in the creation of a place to Gather.

Landscape Architect and Civil Engineering: Water Street Studio

Structural Engineering: Louisa Engineering

M.E.P Engineering: Lu + Smith Engineers

Specifications: Rosa D Cheney AIA, PLLC


Design and Construction 2017-2020