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North Avenue Presbyterian Church overhauling historic Peachtree facade

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Glassy addition will contrast, complement stone sanctuary dating back to 1900

A glassy two-story entry facility, next to the old stone church.
A rendering of the project.
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The North Avenue Presbyterian Church—a grand Richardsonian Romanesque structure built of Stone Mountain granite—has stood on Peachtree Street since 1900. Now, the old church is getting new life with a modern addition fronting Peachtree, to replace a run-of-the-mill 1960s addition.

Known as “Shine,” the project has been underway for several months. The first step was to remove the front portion of the midcentury facility, and work has now commenced on the construction of the new structure.

Fronted by a large two-story glass atrium facing the street, the overhauled building will provide new ministry and worship spaces. It will take cues from the historic sanctuary, with stone columns and a pitched roof to match the adjacent structure. However, the new building will be light and airy, thanks to the large glass wall.

Additionally, part of the original church’s old tower at the southern edge of the building will be revealed for the first time since the 1960s.

Construction underway.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
A view of the interior, looking toward the old church.
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The exterior of a church with a glass enclosed entryway and a sloped roof. Trick 3D via NAPC
The sanctuary, built in 1900.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Construction is moving along, following delays due to the Interstate 85 bridge collapse (resulting in the banning of lane closures in the city, which were necessary to continue work).

Construction will continue into next year.