For more than 116 years, Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church has been a prominent landmark and community cornerstone in Denver’s historic Park Hill neighborhood. Montview’s physical campus is an integral part of its ministry and identity and its footprint has changed with the needs of the congregation.
In 2018, Tryba Architects led a collaborative process resulting in The Long-Term Campus Vision, a roadmap for restoration and construction decisions over the next 15-20 years. Top priority projects from the Long-Term Campus Vision were identified and Tryba Architects provided comprehensive support for a successful capital campaign. The first phase of implementation, including new construction and historic preservation, is currently underway.
As part of the improvements to Westminster Commons, a new second floor space is enclosed by a glazed façade—the Lantern—that brings new light and life to the Dahlia Street entry. Elevating the surface of the existing entry court, as well as new stone paving and planters create an elegant, fresh and welcoming address for the church.
Careful restoration of historic wood paneling and windows, upgraded carpet and paint, refinishing of the pews, and lighting upgrades elevate the interior experiences of this historic sanctuary space.
A new information display provides a well designed and accessible location for pamphlets, video and church materials. A floating reception desk is located centrally in the space and can be relocated to provide a service area for events. New finishes, art and furniture elevate the experience of arrival and sense of welcome to Westminster Commons for visitors and members.
Refurbished windows and stucco of the Education Wing, new stone paving and greater accessibility improve the quality of the narrow lane-like space and a new glazed façade to Westminster Commons provides a welcoming lantern-like element at the termination of the entry axis.