Written by Danie Santodonato, Editorial@Antonnews.com Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
On June 1, the Lutheran Church of Our Savior on Franklin Avenue held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the Port Washington community to celebrate its $1.7-million expansion and renovation. The money has been donated by the congregation as well as through fundraising efforts that have taken place for over a decade. BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers designed the expansion and renovations, and Triton Construction served as the general contractor.
“I am very excited that we were able to improve our facilities for the benefit of the congregation as well as the entire Port Washington community,” said Reverend Dr. Charles R. Vogeley. “I would like to thank all congregation and project team members who made today’s re-opening celebration possible. In particular, I would like to recognize Tom Rice, who managed the entire project on behalf of our church, Roger Smith and BBS Architects, who designed the beautiful addition and new interiors, and the tireless supporter of the Port Washington community and parish secretary, after whom we have named the new kitchen, Veronica Ann Mosby,” Reverend added.
To celebrate, a ceremonial ribbon cutting took place along with a performance by the world-renowned organist and music director, Federico Teti. Federico is a graduate of the Julliard School of Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome and currently serves as the Lutheran Church of Our Savior’s music director. Activities for children and teens took place, such as stuffing bears for “Hugs across America” and a basketball clinic by leading Long Island coach John Buck that was held in the newly renovated gymnasium.
The expanded and renovated church offers the community upgraded, spacious, and elegant wedding, worship, event, and athletic facilities. Working day in and day out for two years, Stephen Famoso and his crew reconstructed the church. Alongside Stephen were Pastor Charlie Vogeley, Bill Gordon with financing, Tom Rice as the building project manager, Lesly Kinney, Nicolas Andreadis of Triton Construction, and the congregation. Inspired by the original architecture of the church, English Tudor style Gothic Revival arches were constructed as well as a beautiful glass window that allows the community to get a great view from inside and outside of the church. “The major goals of the two-year renovation were to create larger and more functional facilities for community and athletic activities as well as to better integrate the original church and the new sections,” explained BBS Architects President and Principal Architect, Roger P. Smith, AIA, LEED AP. The idea was to have the architecture look as if it were built in 1925, when the church first moved to Franklin Avenue.