Restored Chapel in Clear Lake - Update

June 07, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

A family trip to Clear Lake Park was a good excuse to revisit the Bay Area Museum. This facility is housed in a repurposed church that was saved from demolition in the late 1970’s. I blogged about this facility in 2016 but had not been able to see the interior. As luck would have it, this time the museum was open! The interior has been restored faithfully with much of the original layout intact. ... Read More

Worship Space / Preservation / Adaptive Reuse / Chapels / Church Adaptive Reuse

Interfaith Chapel With Puzzling Interior

December 12, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

I have a deep appreciation for the International Airport Chaplaincy that supports and promotes ministries all over the globe. Their spaces, however, are frequently borrowed or repurposed rooms that often feel makeshift or leftover. Some airports do support these ministries and provide some innovate faith environments. So I was very interested in Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport that actually has ... Read More

Worship Space / Chapels

Boston Diocese Gets Sweet Deal in the Seaport District

November 26, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

This summer we happened upon two churches that seemed to symbolize the best and the worst of urban redevelopment. I quickly found out that they are, in fact, the same church! The origianal Chapel of Our Lady of Good Voyage was constructed in 1949 to serve a congregation of sailors and others in the maritime industry. It is about to be demolished. The old port activities have been replaced by high ... Read More

Holy Place / Worship Space / Chapels

Why Doesn’t Austin Have an Airport Chapel?

September 22, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

Austin may be weird, but it doesn’t have an airport chapel. I finally determined this for certain as I arrived a bit early for a departing flight recently. I asked the cashiers at one of the many Austin-based eateries. They didn’t know of any chapel. I asked the shoe-shine vendors, certainly they would know. They didn’t. I went on-line to see if perhaps a chapel or prayer room might be hidden ... Read More

Memorial / Chapels