RKA is featured in the December 2017 issue of Columbus CEO article about “Old churches find new uses in creative renovations”. The following is excerpted from that article:
The sheer size of some
sanctuaries can make them difficult to repurpose, says Peter Krajnak of the
Rogers Krajnak Architects Inc. firm in Downtown Columbus. “The key is to find
the right scale for the potential future use,” says Krajnak, a specialist in
the design, expansion and renovation of churches. “So many spaces are so
cavernous they become difficult to illuminate and to provide proper climate
control.” That can make redeveloping a property for residential particularly
difficult and expensive.
Krajnak said sanctuaries
also are designed to carry sound well. “To create a quiet space can be a
challenge,” he says.
Krajnak will not have to
figure out how to mitigate that aspect of the sanctuary of the Central
Presbyterian Church at 132 S. Third St. as a consultant to performance arts
venue operator CAPA. The nonprofit bought the property for $589,000 in June
2013 as a future concert hall.
CAPA, the owner/operator
of the venerable Palace Theatre and Ohio Theatre Downtown, bought the property
about 19 months after the congregation ceased worshipping in the building, the original
use dating back to 1857.
CAPA CEO Chad
Whittington says the arts organization has yet to ask designers to put together
a detailed plan for the property as it first concentrates on fundraising for
the 2018 renovation projects at the Ohio and Palace. “It’s important to have a
good plan in place,” Whittington says, comparing the venue to the Southern
Theatre restoration and renovation completed in the late 1990s.
The former church will,
after eventual renovations, have seating for up to 400. “The structure itself
is set up very well for how we operate in the performing arts arena,”
Whittington says. “We can take the hall (sanctuary) and freshen it up for use
in smaller concerts and recitals.”