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The New Parish Hall Building Project - A Brief Summary
The Chapel and Campus - A Gift and a Challenge
Through a providential gift in June 2009, we at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church became stewards of an historic chapel in Beltsville, situated on exceptionally beautiful grounds in the midst of an area desperately in need of hearing the Orthodox Gospel — the “Good News” — of Jesus Christ. This is our future home, which we hope to grow into a divine oasis and spiritual dynamo unto the salvation of many.
As many of you know, we have put much hard work into our vision for the Chapel since 2009. It had fallen into a sad state of disrepair, having been boarded up for about 30 years. Gift has been added to gift, and God’s providence has continued to bless our efforts, to the point where we are now poised to launch a Phase One Building Fund for the proposed Parish Hall, where we will hold the divine services until the restoration of the Chapel is completed. By building the Hall and vacating our office park space, we will be able to apply that monthly rent amount to our building fund.
The Financial Side
A few years ago we commissioned an in-depth study of the chapel by an historic restoration consultant, who projected a cost of renovation of the Chapel of approximately $1,000,000. Since then, we have made significant progress, applying for and being awarded numerous grants totaling $220,000 towards that total, a significant accomplishment. In addition to the Chapel project, the cost of building the Parish Hall is estimated to be approximately $1,000,000.
Architect Andrew Gould
The essential first step in this process has been to secure the services of an architect. We have chosen Andrew Gould, who has established himself over the past decade as perhaps the leading Orthodox Christian architect of our generation in America. Andrew’s resume is impressive, including parish and monastery projects, and his portfolio is matched by his contribution to Orthodox culture, philosophy and aesthetics through Orthodox Arts Journal, the premier online platform for the advancement of traditional Orthodox Christian liturgical arts, which includes iconography, carvings, music, furnishings, and of course, sacred space and architecture.
Andrew Gould has provided us with a detailed quote for architectural services for the Parish Hall, for both his fees and those of the local architect of record, totaling $50,000, and it is this amount which we intend to raise with this initial fundraising drive.
Thank you, Frederica Mathewes-Green!
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to Frederica Mathewes-Green for helping us launch our Capital Fundraising Campaign on June 10, 2018. Frederica delivered an inspiring talk, 'Towards an Orthodox America', which perfectly resonated with our vision for our English-language Orthodox mission here in Beltsville, Maryland.
Frederica Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author and speaker, whose work has appeared in numerous top-tier publications. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio (NPR), and has published 10 books to date, including her most recent title, Welcome to the Orthodox Church (Paraclete Press, 2015). She has published over 700 essays, and given over 500 talks...
To learn more, visit Frederica's website at Frederica.com.
Architect Andrew Gould delivered a beautiful watercolor of his concept for our New Parish Hall, just in time for us to display at our Capital Fundraising Launch Event June 10.
Scroll down to watch a 2-part video of Andrew Gould's talk to our parish in October 2017, where he discusses his vision for our new campus through designs integrated with the style of our historic Chapel, and for his initial architectural drawings for the Parish Hall design.
This page will be the hub for our Parish Hall Building Project, and we invite you to explore and return often for regular updates.
Architect Andrew Gould shares his vision
On Saturday, October 28, 2017, after the Divine Liturgy for the Departed, Orthodox architect Andrew Gould spoke to us about our historic chapel and property. He spent two days with us, studying the building and property.
We think you will enjoy his perceptive insights and his vision for our campus. His talk with the parish is presented in two YouTube videos immediately below these important links:
New World Byzantine - The company website of Andrew Gould and George Holt architecture and design. Read their 'About Us' page for their vision of reviving the traditional practice of apprenticeship in fostering a vibrant, new Orthodox culture rich in the liturgical arts.
Orthodox Arts Journal - Also founded by Andrew Gould (in 2012), OAJ is a unique platform "for the promotion of traditional Orthodox liturgical arts. The Journal covers visual arts, music, liturgical ceremony and texts, and relevant art history and theory." See also their 'About' page, and explore the articles by Andrew Gould, which often feature his various Orthodox architectural projects, and may someday feature ours!
Andrew Gould's vision for our new Campus