Since my own renovations are coming along at a painfully slow pace (ack!), thought I’d feature a stunning little church renovation we spotted yesterday in Colonial Beach, VA. This church is St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary, attended by my husband’s family for eons.
This is the original church built in 1906.
And this is how the church looked from 1963 – 2012 after its first remodel.
Now, after a 5-month renovation completed in 2012, the church looks like this.
Exquisite, right? It’s back to the charm of the original historic structure, with beautiful white brick against gray trim, a mahagony door, rose window and illuminated cupola.
Here’s a comparison of the old structure and then the new from the side.
I wish I knew the architects who designed this. The job is stunning. You can read details of the church from this link where I got most of the pictures. and this description of the work:
A new black 24 gauge metal roof replaced the old shingle roof, the fading brick exterior was painted a charming country white, the crumbling modernist bell tower was taken down and a lovely cupola with bells placed atop the church itself, with a gold cross crowning it all. Most importantly, the facade was completely remodeled and expanded, featuring African mahogany doors, a stunning rose window and gothic sidelights.
There are two other buildings owned by the church that were included in the renovation.
Old Church Office
Newly remodeled Church Office
Old Meeting House
Updated Meeting House
So if you ever find yourself in the Northern Neck of Virginia, make a point to stop in the St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary Church!