St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, Brooklyn, NY

St. Stanislaus Kostka is a Roman Catholic parish in Greenpoint Brooklyn. To accommodate their large and active Polish immigrant congregation, two Sunday services are held simultaneously. Unfortunately, both upper and lower halls in the historic church could only be reached via steep front steps. Because many parishioners are elderly (or young mothers with strollers), providing access was deemed critical.

The solution is a new glass and masonry vestibule containing stairs to either side of an open lift. Discretely located to the side, down an alley between church and rectory, it transforms an under-utilized rear yard into a planted gathering space. The new vestibule was designed in the same buff brick and limestone as the rest of the campus, with tall piers and large windows, in a modern gothic style.

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