Central Presbyterian Church
The Central Presbyterian Church (CPC) has been rooted in the West End neighbourhood since the City of Vancouver was incorporated in 1886. The vital community hub currently hosts three congregations that cater to over 500 members—the CPC,Galilee Korean Presbyterian Church, and Christ Alive, a community church ministering to the GLBTQ community—as well as numerous activities, outreach programs, and organizations, including a Montessori preschool and a daycare. The church’s aging 1975 facility, which is in constant use from 6 am to 7 pm, seven days a week, was inhibiting the CPC from meeting the growing needs of the community and needed an upgrade. Faced with a lack of available funds, the church needed an innovative solution to continue serving the neighbourhood and the city at large.
The CPC redevelopment spearheads a unique model of partnership with the church as co-developer. Along with development partner Bosa Properties and Henriquez Partners Architects, the CPC will bring Vancouver’s West End a facility capable of accommodating a growing community and a religious sanctuary that meets the spiritual needs of modern-day congregants. It will also infuse a neighbourhood facing a shortage of rental stock with 45 units of non-market rental housing for seniors, to be run by the CPC’s nonprofit housing society, and 168 units of purpose-built market rental housing.
The new building design, targeting LEED Gold certification, consists of a residential tower situated above a podium housing the CPC sanctuary, community spaces, and a commercial retail unit. Fritted glass on portions of the building associated with the church will create a reflective, translucent skin that invites visitors, distinguishes the worship space, and creates a dramatic effect when illuminated at night. Wood interior finishes and increased transparency of the church entry will allow the sanctuary to be visible from the street, emphasizing this welcoming effect. Three floors of affordable housing will occupy the floors above the church, and the top 15 floors of the tower will house market rental units. Ample bicycle storage will also be provided. The market and non-market entry lobbies privately located facing Pendrell Street, are pulled back from the sidewalk to provide opportunities for landscaping and community gathering.
Size: 162,700 square feet