James Oleg Kruhly of Kruhly Architects in Philadelphia, provided us a wonderful lecture on Sunday, Feb 21st, titled, The Changing Nature of Places of Worship. As Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture, Mr. Kruhly has received several awards, including the Fellow of the American Institutes of Architects in 1992 in recognition of his national contributions to design. He has completed projects in ten states, as well as in Europe.
Mr. Kruhly’s lecture gave the many gathered in Fellowship Hall an historic perspective of the development of architecture on this continent, beginning with the meeting house style, which was added on to with a foyer and eventually a steeple. Furthermore, the last fifty years has shown an ever increasing preference for the less ornate — almost barn-like — extroverted structures which are more and more open to the natural world.
Mr. Kruhly also touched on the subject of our own considerations regarding a remodeling of the sanctuary interior, for which we have employed him to provide us with a feasibility study. He briefly showed the slides of what such a change could look like.
Sometime in April, the Building Vision Group plans to invite the congregation to hear more about these ideas and to respond with their own thoughts, hopes and dreams.