Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church

Location: Washington, D.C.

Project type: religious

Client: Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church


  • renovated sanctuary
  • new lighting
  • new acoustical design
  • historic preservation
  • new classrooms
  • offices

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church is an old English country gothic church in Washington, D.C. The goal of this project, which involved master planning and implementation of several phases of design, was to expand and restore the church's aging and failing infrastructure without distracting from the historic character of the original church.

The master plan for the site included a new "cloister court" which will serve as a multipurpose fellowship space that would bridge renovated worship, administration, fellowship and educational functions of the complex.

The first phase of the project involved renovating the church. MTFA Architecture used state-of-the-art technology to refine the perceived shape of the building and the worship experience through lighting and acoustics. The chancel area and pipe organ were physically redesigned to more centrally focus on the table with generous liturgical space required to evoke the feeling of "gathering around." The second phase involved the exterior renovation and the third phase focused on the educational wing.