Church of the Advocate
Church of the Advocate
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The Paul and Christine Washington Family and Community Center is a new building in the historic Church of the Advocate complex in North Philadelphia.

The design intergrates the remains of the Chapel into a new building made of modern materials compatible with those of the historic complex. The Chapel's old south and west walls were stabilized, but could not take the additional loads. The Kelly/Maello design for the new building inserts a new steel frame structure in the interior. Exterior elevations reflect the rhythm and texture of the former Chapel. At the interior, steel roof trusses and pine wood ceiling evoke the memory of the old hammer beam truss and roof. The new facility provides office space for community outreach programs, classroom and a gymnasium. 

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