Though we are a residential architecture firm, we occasionally take on projects that are not houses. The historic Union Church in Port Royal is one of these special projects. The building known as Union Church is home to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, of which Jane and Michael are members.

The church was built in 1877-78. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is significant both architecturally, as a good example of the vernacular forms of the era; and as an emblem of the social history of the Reconstruction era and the Port Royal Experiment. The nomination form for the National Register of Historic Places provides a lot more information about the building’s significant history.

Our approach to this renovation was to maintain the historic character of the church. There is a small addition which houses a sacristy and bathroom, and the original building was opened up. A covered ramp and new landscaping were added outside.

Here are a few photos of the building before the renovation:

Project Team:

Photos: Richard Leo Johnson. Atlantic Archives

Contractor: Beaufort Construction of SC

Landscape: The Lindsay Company

Structural Engineering: 29e6