Memorial Church

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Memorial Church


Client: Harvard Real Estate
Architect: Payette
Contractor: Elaine Construction
Size: 9,000 SF
Completion: 2017

One of Harvard University’s most treasured landmarks, Memorial Church is an interdenominational Protestant Church in the middle of Harvard Yard serving as a place of spiritual refuge to the entire community. The church stands opposite Widener Library as a visible reminder of the historic and spiritual heritage that has sustained Harvard for nearly four centuries. Initially conceived as a project to provide year-round climate control to the sanctuary, the program evolved to include expanded accessible accommodations and revitalization of the lower level. The project received a 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Design Award and a 2018 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New England award.

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