The Chapel- The Abbey at Pawleys Island

It's a gray morning here in Pawleys Island which makes it even harder to get going on the first Monday back from being away for a week.  The fact that I have a nasty cold and we set the clocks forward by an hour yesterday doesn't help either.  But enough complaining about "Rainy days and Mondays always get(ting)me down"...  I have a busy week ahead with client meetings, a move out of a house that has sold, a condo to be staged and taxes for my 2013 audit from hell to finish as well as my 2015 return.  So, no time for complaining.  Onwards and upwards. Stiff upper lip and all of that. (When I say that to myself, it helps to hear it in the Dowager from Downton Abbey's voice.) 

Yesterday was a very exciting day for me because it was the first Sunday that services were held in the new chapel at The Abbey, the church that I have have been working on for the past 9 months or so. There is still quite a bit to be done but enough pews had been installed to allow us to use the new space.  Seeing all of the elements that had been selected over the course of many months and many meetings come together was an almost overwhelming emotional experience for me. That moment when the vision that was alive only in the imagination becomes real and physical is always beyond exciting for me but this time, it was also spiritual. I felt so humbled and awe struck to have been given the opportunity to participate in the design of this place- a place for people to encounter and worship God.  It was an opportunity and experience of a lifetime and as I sat there, I thanked God for allowing me to be a part of it and I hoped that He liked it and was pleased.  

As soon as I get some good photos, I will write more about the church but here are a few shots that I took with my iPhone:

The Abbey at Pawleys Island

The Abbey at Pawleys Island

The new chapel was built on the footprint of the old catering kitchen for the restaurant that occupied the old Carriage House (the brick structure).  Formerly a semi private restaurant and club, the Carriage House had been unoccupied for years and needed extensive renovation. Rather than demolish a beautiful old building and start from scratch, the group wanted to restore and repurpose what was there and build a chapel that was sensitive to the setting and  taking advantage of the beauty of the live oak trees and salt marsh. 

Chapel at The Abbey

Chapel at The Abbey

The materials were selected to be in keeping with the existing historic architecture on the plantation.  Wide clapboards painted white reference the 1750 Plantation House on the adjacent property while the slate roof tiles and copper gutters are consistent with the existing Carriage House structure.

Celtic cross 

Celtic cross 

Tabby, a mixture of concrete, stucco and oyster shells, is material that has been used in the low country for centuries and is used here as the background for the Celtic cross.

These photos was taken as the pews were being installed.Large windows flood the interior with light.  

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A large chandelier occupies the space in the center of the chapel and is flanked by two smaller single ring chandeliers on each side. Sconces provide illumination around the perimeter of the chapel.

I will post many more photos in the coming weeks.  That's all for now as I must run to take a look at the condo Angie and I will be staging this week. Happy Monday (even if it is gray!)