The hippest church, on the hippest street, in the hippest city of America.

Grace Episcopal Church has been part of downtown Providence since 1844. Designed by the foremost architect of the time, Richard Upjohn, it is on the National Register of Historic Places as the first asymmetrical Gothic Revival church in America. In 1912, another renowned architect, Ralph Adams Cram, designed the chancel.

The church fronts Westminster Street that has recently been dubbed by a blogger as 'the hippest street in the hippest 'hood' in the hippest city'. The historic church provides a quiet sanctuary from the streets bustling hotels, restaurants, shops, and clubs. In contrast, the new Pavilion is transparent. Its glassy front conveys the church is open to all and an active part of the community.

The 12,000-square-foot facility provides a gathering place to come share ideas, celebrate, have fun, and engage with one another. It is comprised of support facilities for social events and one large 40' x 70' room. This main room opens onto a front courtyard and in turn overlooks Westminster Street. A small passageway provides an interior connection to the original sanctuary.

The character of the new addition is deliberately a modern version of the Gothic church – a hipper great grandchild. It is clad in copper that matches the color of the brownstone church and will patina to the color of its copper roof.

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