First Parish Congregational Church

This early Context project, undertaken as Donham & Sweeney, involved the design a replacement facility for this historic 1860's church after it burnt to the ground in August of 2000. The new 32,000 square foot design includes a curved sanctuary filled with light that seats 450 people, a balcony, a spacious two-story atrium, and a large fellowship hall. All spaces - for worship, musical and performance, fellowship, educational, and administrative - have been designed to support the congregation in embracing a church of the 21st century, whilst remembering the gracious building that had stood at the Saco crossroads for the greater part of 140 years.

Location: Saco, ME

Photos by Bruce T. Martin