In 2012, BNIM was selected to lead the reconstruction of the Westport Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri, a 27,000 square foot multi-story church building in one of Kansas City's oldest and most historic neighborhoods. The existing church building was severely damaged in a catastrophic fire in 2011, and while much of the Church's roof structure, interior structure and finishes were destroyed, the exterior limestone shell survived the fire in good condition.
Constructed in 1905, the original stone façade stands today as one of the most notable structures in the heart of Kansas City's historic Westport community. In reverence to the Church's rich history, this project will restore the most significant portion of the original church structure - the original sanctuary building and tower. The new addition will create a stronger presence in Westport, while acknowledging the tradition and history of both the Westport Presbyterian Church and the community it serves.
The restored original building and new addition will house a 150-seat sanctuary, 40-seat chapel, gathering space, fellowship room, 3,00 square foot multi-purpose room, administrative offices and office space, which will be leased to a Westport area non-profit. In addition, a 1,000 square foot "storefront" space will be located at street level on Westport Road. The storefront will be a space that serves the community and allows the Church to extend their ministry beyond the historic walls of the Sanctuary.