Kansas City Missouri 1998

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  • Social hall addition of 15,000 sf accommodating 500 people, divisible into meeting rooms, with supporting spaces
  • Lower level provides hot lunch kitchen and dining hall, caretaker apartment, maintenance, and storage space
  • Voluminous fresh air needs are mitigated by energy-efficient HVAC system: CO2 levels trigger fresh outdoor air intake that is tempered with energy recovered by heat-exchangers from the exhausted airstream
  • Sustainably harvested, high recycle-content, and low VOC building m aterials used throughout


    Founders’ Hall represents the social mission of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral by adding to its downtown Cathedral campus two gathering spaces—outdoor court and indoor hall. The colonnade courtyard unifies the campus as a shared entrance and processional enclosure. The social hall accommodates events ranging from chamber music and weddings to Sunday coffee. Architectural context is reinforced, building upon the order and character of the campus, by restating extant materials and forms. The red tile gable roof reinforces a campus scale pattern of steep-pitched forms, unifying disparate elements. Local limestone is again used, not stacked but, instead, detailed to indicate steel-frame construction. The architecture languages incorporates forms with triangles and triads, symbols representing trinity, an organizing concept for Episcopalians. The roof lanterns, beacons signifying the Cathedral’s interaction with Kansas City, communicate Cathedral activity at night. By day they flood northern light into Founders’ Hall, an extroverted space and counterpoint to the dim stained glass interior of the nave. Designed with Patricia F. MacDougall of Taylor MacDougall Burns (predecessor firm) and Gould Evans Associates (architects of record).


  • Locally sourced exterior materials, including Kansas cottonwood limestone and clay tile roofing are time-proven for Midwest service life exceeding 100 years
  • North sky daylighting reduces electric illumination demand
  • Designed with Patricia F. MacDougall of Taylor MacDougall Burns (predecessor firm) and Gould Evans Associates (architects of record)


  • American Institute of Architects, Central States, Three Honor Awards for Design Excellence and Craftsmanship
  • Masonry Institute of America “Project of the Year” for 1999
  • Faith & Forum “Millennium Design Award”
  • Kansas City Economic Council “Cornerstone Award” for Promotion of Economic Development
  • The Kansas City Star said “This new recital hall is a best-kept secret, but it won’t remain that way for long,” and named it “The best looking new building to rise in Kansas City in years.”