By carefully sculpting the elevated front yard, a gentle transition to the new lower-level en-trance was provided, preserving all architectural features of the original structures. A modern vocabulary of simply expressed stained oak, weathering steel, and architectural concrete sparingly contrasts with the original limestone, terra cotta, and copper. A new two-story lobby, fully concealed from street view, is nestled behind the historic loggia and between the church and rectory buildings.
The new lobby provides controlled access to a new four level elevator, transition ramps and stair that connect and unite various levels of the church and rectory buildings. A two-story glass wall provides views to the landscaped courtyard and soft, north light into the lobby and former basement spaces of the rectory building. Work was completed in 8 months.