Virginia Theological Seminary

New Immanuel Chapel

The loss of the Immanuel Chapel c.1881 by fire in October of 2010 created numerous challenges for the Virginia Theological Seminary. With APM’s assistance, many of these challenges were turned into opportunities. VTS turned to APM shortly after the fire and asked us to develop a preliminary program and budget for developing a new Chapel, and then to perform a country wide search for an Architect who could give vision to a new Chapel that would serve as the Worship and Teaching Center for this venerable institution. After successfully procuring Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, APM organized a group of talented professionals including Michael Vergason Landscape Architects and Hartman-Cox Architects to work with Stern to develop a comprehensive solution for the site, placement of the new Chapel, and the establishment of a Memorial Garden making use of the ruins of the Immanuel Chapel. This collective effort of APM and these professionals managed to balance the budget, the desires of many, and mandates by the City to create a comprehensive solution with grandeur and economy.

"...thank you for your hard work on the Welcome and Worship Quad. There have been many moments when I have been conscious of your expertise keeping the whole project on track."
– The Very Rev Ian Markham, Dean and President, Virginia Theological Seminary