St. Veronica Chapel is located in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The chapel renovation was completed in May 2000. There was later a parish hall addition, completed in September 2005. The original structure was unadorned concrete block with no details inside or out that were more that basic utility required. The two phases of this project were intended to transform the stark existing building into a rich environment for worship, fellowship and study.
The Chapel renovation reconfigured the interior orientation of the building with the addition of a new Narthex entry, a volumetric splice through the existing roof structure, and installation of new Sanctuary accoutrements. These included stained glass windows and marble altar appointments. The simplicity of the interior details is intended to reflect the informal nature of the chapel’s location while evoking a more sacred sense of space. The inspiration for the exterior is layering of traditional ecclesiastical architecture with the Narragansett vernacular.
The Parish Hall addition completed the transition of the summer chapel into a religious facility with all of the component parts of a parish church. The addition contains an office, classrooms, fellowship and meeting spaces. This phase of the project completed not just the functional requirements of the program, but also the proportional elements of the overall composition. The two-story section of the addition anchors the bottom of the long sloping side and gives the whole a sense of prominence that the original sitting did not have. Demolition was an option, but ultimately transformation became a more satisfying architectural and spiritual solution.