Community Spaces

PLACES OF WORSHIP: Lake Merritt United Methodist Church | Oakland CA | Built

The last buildable site along the eastern shore of Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland, CA was selected for construction of Lake Merritt United Methodist Church.  The urban lakefront location was bounded by upscale housing on either side with the Lake to the west and a low income high crime neighborhood on the east.  A structurally unsound church occupied the site and many artifacts from the demolished structure were salvaged including the pipe organ that was refurbished and installed in the new building.  The program includes below grade secured parking, a multi-directional worship space dominated by a view of the lake to the west and a tessera glass masterpiece of renowned American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany on the north wall. An operable partition separates the Worship Space from a Social Hall to the east that supports community and church activities. Two wings reach out to the neighborhood on the east to create a landscaped courtyard. Within the south wing is a food pantry that serves the local homeless community.  Administrative offices also occupy the south wing while classrooms occupy the north wing.


(Architect of Record: Gillis Judson Wade Architects)



Copyright 2011  ©  Paul Halajian Architects