Park Place United Methodist Church

Building Documentation & Scanning
Historic Building Renovation
Historic Research
Historic Tax Credit Consulting
Local Design Review Consulting

Park Place UMC


Norfolk, VA


Monument Construction

Catalyst Design Studio

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

National Park Service

Project Goals

Park Place UMC operated for a century before closing its doors in 2016 after a drastic decline in its congregation.

The building was put up for sale in 2018 and eventually purchased to be converted into a multi-family residential apartment building.

Project Design

The building had undergone several historical renovations as a result of two major fires during the period of significance.

Ultimately the church’s sanctuary was fully retained in its historic configuration and other original spaces and historic materials, like third floor classrooms and vaulted tin ceilings that had been abandoned or covered, were recaptured and reactivated.

Challenges & Accomplishments

Church conversions are challenging because of the requirement to retain the sanctuary as the primary public space within the building.

The building’s wide central corridors were also retained in their historic configuration while secondary office and classroom space were converted to residential units. Ultimately the project yielded 58 apartment units from the 66,000 square feet available.