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North Parish Church North Andover, MA
On October 19, 2014, North Parish Church of North Andover Unitarian Universalist fulfilled its "Together Under One Roof" campaign by dedicating the New Wing of the Meeting House while celebrating the 369th year of the Congregation. The 8,300 sq. ft. addition doubled the size of this iconic Gothic Revival church while remaining compatible in style but low in scale, in deference to the original building's presence on the site for over 178 years. The two-story renovation/addition with elevator tower was constructed between April and October 2014, replacing and expanding the 1958 Religious Education Wing with flexible classrooms, meeting rooms and storage, while adding an office suite for clergy and administration.
The Sanctuary, Parish Hall, Religious Education and Office levels are now connected together and to the surrounding gardens by means of a four-stop elevator, light-filled staircase and accessible pathways from two levels of curbside access on the church's wooded site in North Andover's Old Center Historic District.
Two earlier phases of the church's 10 year improvements projects included:
a.The exterior restoration phase included roof flashing, woodwork, clock and metalwork repair and replacement of a missing decorative balustrade.
b.Renovations included multiple improvements in universal access with a sloped entrance walkway, new sanctuary doors, and an expanded Parish Hall. New stairs to the rejuvenated sanctuary, new toilets, lighting, sprinkler system and life safety improvements were also implemented. The project received the William D. Smith Memorial Award for Accessible Design issued jointly by the Boston Society of Architects and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board.
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