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Saint Monica Church

Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 1895 and subsequently destroyed by fire in the late 1960’s,  St. Monica Church was rebuilt in 1971 with great care given to a classical layout and materials.  Reconstructed with a lower level church in addition to the main nave above, this building posed accessible issues on both levels. Traditional entrances with many stairs proved the need for a study to determine the most effective use of resources to fulfill an all inclusive use by the congregation.

Our work began with a study to target the best remedies for access to the upper and lower churches with a connection to the parking lot. Additional concerns were to create accessible bathroom facilities. The solution included additions to the west elevation for a new entrance with lobby and elevator and two fully accessible bathrooms. Pictured below is a short history of that process.

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