St. Paul's Episcopal Church - Greenville, NC

This new church building was designed to seat 450 parishioners and house a new, concert pipe organ which was also designed to be used in conjunction with the School of Music of East Carolina University. The building’s design fits in with its residential surroundings and the smaller existing church, which was converted to a chapel, and provides a dramatic view from downtown Greenville. The exterior is matching brick, and the interior features slate floors in the Nave and Side Aisles and slate and marble in the Chancel. Exposed trusses and clerestory windows enhance the vertical feel of the interior. Custom-built Gothic furnishings in quarter-sawn white oak complete the Chancel. The font is a relocated historic piece from a church in Philadelphia with an enlarged basin in marble mosaic.

“The new building’s acoustics are suitable for the St. Paul’s choir and the East Carolina University (ECU) School of Music.

The new worship space for St. Paul’s Church, Greenville, N.C., was consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel III, Bishop of East Carolina, Feb. 28. Planning for the new church began some years ago, when it became apparent that the existing building could no longer accommodate a fast-growing congregation.

When the present rector, the Rev. Canon C. Thomas Midyette III, newly designated canon theologian for the diocese, came to the parish in 1994, it was with the specific understanding that fund raising would begin immediately for the new church. Construction began in the summer of 1998. The bishop celebrated the first Eucharist in the new building on Christmas Eve. It seats more than twice the number of worshipers as the old building and is fully accessible to persons with physical handicaps.

A particular feature of the new church is the three stained glass rose windows created by artist Brenda Belfield, designer of the “Space Window” at Washington National Cathedral. Another feature is the new building’s acoustical richness. “It was designed very specifically for the acoustics,” said parish member David Crean. With a planned reverberation of some 3.5 seconds, it will be especially suited to the talents of the St. Paul’s choir and the East Carolina University (ECU) School of Music, which will use the space for an additional recital hall. ECU is collaborating in a fund-raising campaign to enable the building of a 60-rank Fisk organ for the building.”

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Eason & Farlow Design, PA - Associate Architect Brad Farlow was the Design Architect & Local Architect during the Construction Phase. Atkin Olshin Lawson-Bell & Associates Tony Atkin, FAIA was the Architect-of-Record