A groundbreaking ceremony for the new St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church will held at the construction site, located at 600 M Street, tomorrow at 11 am and is open to the public. The MTFA Architecture-designed church will replace the former building which was demolished starting in October 2014. Construction of the adjacent condo building by PN Hoffman began in late 2014 and is moving along quickly. At the new St. Augustine’s Church on Parcel 11 of The Wharf, there will be views of the church from M Street and Maine Avenue since it will be located at a prominent corner. There will be a soft curved edge in front of St. Augustine's to complement the curvature of Arena Stage across the street. The two-story church will be approximately 15,000 square feet with the sanctuary located on the second floor offering views toward the Washington Monument. Also on the second floor will be classrooms and a library. On the ground floor, the entrance will lead to a vestibule that connects to classrooms and an all-purpose room, which will be available for community events, similar to how the former St. Augustine's building was used for meetings. The new church building is expected to open in 2016.
Rendering courtesy of MTFA Architecture