St Thomas Church

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St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Hanover NH

This historic stone church, long associated with outreach to Dartmouth College, is situated on a compact site in downtown Hanover, surrounded by three college-associated buildings.  In 2001 a project was undertaken to redesign the chancel and renovate the “undercroft” or basement for choir and educational spaces, add a large gathering room with adjacent kitchen, and enlarge the adminstrative and clergy offices.  Construction necessitated the complete vacancy of the church for a year-long period.     

As a parish member and part-time staffperson for children and youth, I served as “chief architect” for the transition period during which the church staff and Christian education programs were relocated to Edgerton House.     

My oversight included:

• packing and storage of the church’s library in Edgerton House, St. Thomas’ campus ministry building

• space planning and furniture layouts for church offices, which moved to Edgerton’s library and basement

• arrangements for classes to meet on the upper floors of Edgerton House and in the adjacent Hanover Recreation Department building

• full architectural services for the building, life safety, and accessibility code upgrades required by the town due to the temporarily changed use of Edgerton House.

• advisory input to the building committee for the main church project on aspects relevant to the children’s and youth programs

• assisting the parish to reinstate the staff and educational classes in their new home when construction was complete