Cathedral Looks to the Future

Cathedral Looks to the Future

The Campus Master Plan for Portland’s Cathedral Church of St. Luke seeks to reinvigorate the campus with physical clarity, efficient function and spiritual purpose.

Portland’s Cathedral Church of St. Luke is the first Episcopal Cathedral in the U.S. The buildings are large, however, space that is inefficiently used and poorly connected compromises St. Luke’s potential to become one of Portland’s leading 21st century community churches.

A Campus Master Plan

The Campus Master Plan seeks to reinvigorate the campus with physical clarity, efficient function and spiritual purpose. It is a road map towards St. Luke’s future so the campus can better serve the mission.

The 19th century campus and its buildings are a gift from the past, and honor to steward in the present and a responsibility to prepare for the future. Along with gifts, honor and responsibility come challenges. The Strategic Plan addresses this directly: “Being entrusted as stewards of a building constructed in 1867 is a daunting responsibility. Preservation and restoration of the Cathedral is critical in fulfilling our commitment of witness to our current programs and the greater community…The Cathedral building is the heart of where we meet, worship and experience the love of Christ among us. It is the place from which we gather the tools we need to go into the community to spread that love….. It is a much loved and used beautiful sacred space that is growing in numbers and presence in the community.”

Since the first service held on Christmas Day 1868, (the building was unfinished without heat or windows) the campus and its buildings have been evolving and adapting to needs and expectation of users and their times. Along the way many incremental (but not necessarily thoughtful) changes caused the once clearly organized campus to become inefficient, confusing and disorienting, for both regular users and first time visitors.

This Master Plan offers the promise for multiple benefits to:

  • physically change the campus (improve function, efficiency, and safety
  • internally strengthen the community (neighbors working together for common purpose. Each new success adds to the positive spiral built upon previous accomplishments, and sets the stage for future ones.)
  • externally present a reinvigorated and fresh face to the City and its broader community

The concept, both comprehensive and specific, knits the campus together with these elements:

  • State St Arrival (Site)
  • State St Entry (Narthex & Hub)
  • Loring House
  • Park St Arrival (Site)
  • Park St Entry (Narthex & Hub)
  • Internal connector at Lower Level

In addition, the Campus Master Plan addresses many considerations including the following:

  • Collaborative Endeavor
  • Parking
  • Universal Accessibility
  • Program Space
  • Problems in the Undercroft
  • Additional New space
  • Bishop’s Colonnade
  • Life Safety
  • Security & Segregating Sacred Public Spaces
  • Bathrooms and Kitchen
  • Seating
  • Historic Preservation
  • Sustainable and Green
  • Rose Window
  • Concept Budget
  • Next Steps