Parish Cloister & Rectory
Centerbrook conceived a design for this active urban parish that seeks to strengthen its connection to the community with public spaces for sanctuary, socializing, and special events.
At its heart is a new piazza inspired by vibrant urban centers in Florence, Rome, and Venice. Bounded by the parish’s recently restored Gothic stone church, its rectory, and a planned housing development, a rose-covered trellis and courtyard will provide respite and tranquility to all who enter. It will also provide open space for special events and outdoor worship.
The project also includes 10,000-square-feet of renovation and expansion of the historic 1851 wood-framed rectory. It will provide spaces for offices, parish meetings, and religious education classes. The upper floors offer private quarters for the clergy and an expansive rooftop garden. Its basement will house meeting rooms and mechanical equipment.
Founded in the 1850s by Irish immigrants, the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist is the Mother Church, and Minor Basilica, of Stamford, Connecticut, and the only Basilica in the Diocese of Bridgeport.