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Shandon Presbyterian Church receives preservation award

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The preservation and renovation of Shandon Presbyterian’s sanctuary included installation of a new pipe organ built by Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders. New chancel furnishings, crafted of sapele wood by Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders, were designed by liturgical consultant Terry Byrd Eason of Chapel Hill, N.C. The communion table, pulpit, font, and pastors’ chairs were designed to relate to the Gothic characteristics of the church building. The chancel and choir area were redesigned for flexibility in a variety of liturgical and musical uses. The preservation and renovation of Shandon Presbyterian’s sanctuary included installation of a new pipe organ built by Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders. New chancel furnishings, crafted of sapele wood by Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders, were designed by liturgical consultant Terry Byrd Eason of Chapel Hill, N.C. The communion table, pulpit, font, and pastors’ chairs were designed to relate to the Gothic characteristics of the church building. The chancel and choir area were redesigned for flexibility in a variety of liturgical and musical uses. The restoration of Shandon Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary was among several Midlands projects that received 2018 Preservation Awards from Historic Columbia. The church was recognized in the category of New Construction in an Historic Context, awarded for new buildings in a historic district adjacent to or within existing historic structures that complement the historic context. The award was presented at a luncheon May 3 at City Market Place in the Vista.


In 2016, the worshipping community of nearly 900 parishioners celebrated the church's centennial with the preservation of the neo- Gothic-style sanctuary interior and installation of a new pipe organ built by Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders. The historic renovation included redesigning the worship space, a new chancel platform, revised seating layout, new mechanical systems and new finishes throughout. In 2016, the worshipping community of nearly 900 parishioners celebrated the church's centennial with the preservation of the neo- Gothic-style sanctuary interior and installation of a new pipe organ built by Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders. The historic renovation included redesigning the worship space, a new chancel platform, revised seating layout, new mechanical systems and new finishes throughout. Shandon Presbyterian Church located at 607 Woodrow Street has been affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA since 1916. In 2016, the worshiping community of nearly 900 parishioners celebrated the church’s centennial with the preservation of the neo- Gothic-style sanctuary interior and installation of a new pipe organ built by Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders.

Architect for the restoration project was Lambert Architecture + Construction Services of Columbia. Hood Construction of Columbia was the contractor. The historic renovation included redesign of the worship space, a new chancel platform, a revised seating layout, new mechanical systems, and new finishes throughout.

Carpeting was removed, and “the original tupelo wood flooring was restored to a rich luster, and hardwood pews were ... refinished to their original color," said church administrator Timothy Belk.

New chancel furnishings, crafted of sapele wood by Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders, were designed by liturgical consultant Terry Byrd Eason of Chapel Hill, N.C.

The communion table, pulpit, font, and pastors’ chairs were designed to relate to the Gothic characteristics of the church building, and the chancel and choir area were redesigned for flexibility in a variety of liturgical and musical uses.

The 39-foot ceiling was reinforced with wooden decking to improve acoustics. In addition, the south transept was transformed into a smaller chapel area and houses the original restored chancel furnishings dating from the 1920s.

“Named for its central window, The Sower’s Chapel is an intimate setting for smaller memorial, Taize, and wedding services," Belk said.

Historic Columbia holds an annual awards luncheon during National Historic Preservation Month to celebrate the accomplishments of local architectural, construction and rehabilitation projects and leaders. The awards recognize local projects that have maintained or added to the historical, architectural, and cultural heritage through- out Columbia and Richland County.

The sanctuary restoration and installation of a new Lewtak pipe organ at Shandon Presbyterian also was the February cover feature for The American Organist. The magazine is an international trade publication circulated throughout the world.

Tomasz Lewtak, president of North Carolina based Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders “brought a wealth of practical and professional knowledge. His contagious passion, realized in the aural and visual beauty of the organ, is the crown jewel of the centennial effort,” Belk said.

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