Watch the demolition by a camera that takes an image every 30 minutes, providing a time-lapse video over the course of the project.
The church's sincere intent throughout the redevelopment effort has been to contribute to the city's goal in preserving its special nature while developing for the future. In engaging with our neighbors, we've had the opportunity to bring together diverse interests for the betterment of the community. The church's particular mission is to serve Washington, DC, by striving to demonstrate the prayer that uplifts all aspects of community, including families, children, government, and business.
With the replacement of the octagon, we go forward with the guidance of the octagon's architect, Araldo Cossutta, who said, "My work should not be fossilized, but when you replace it, make sure the replacement is an even greater gift." With the new design focusing on transparency — bringing light and activity closer to 16th Street, and engaging a welcoming and open presence with the public — we believe the church is contributing to the continuing development of Washington, DC. We look forward to the completion of the church's redevelopment at the end of 2015.