Philadelphia, PA | 2017 | Conceptual
Built between 1698 and 1700, Gloria Dei Church (Old Swedes' Church) is the oldest church in Pennsylvania and among the oldest in the nation. A nonprofit founded to preserve and renew the church property is re-imagining its open spaces to serve a broader audience. Community Design Collaborative volunteers involved community stakeholders in developing a master plan featuring an urban woodlands, improvements to the churchyard, and a new garden park that reconnects neighborhood residents to their riverfront. This lovely church, surrounded by historic buildings, spacious grounds, and ample parking has attracted new members to the congregation finding great joy in coming together for worship and various other events and gatherings.
Photo credit: Community Design Collaborative