Plymouth United Church of Christ of Milwaukee is a progressive Christian community with a mission of joyful welcome and inclusiveness. Located on Milwaukee’s upper east side near the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, the congregation is the heir and custodian to a magnificent 1913 Alexander Eschweiler-designed church. Despite the elegance and beauty of their historic church, the congregation struggled with a realization that the physical space they occupied did not fully support or communicate their social and spiritual aspirations.
In response, the congregation began a multi-year effort called the REACH project: “Renovate, Enhance, and Make Accessible Our Church Home”. TKWA was hired to develop a master plan for renovation with two overall goals: For the exterior, express a contemporary vigor grounded in historic sensitivity, while providing a fresh sense of welcome, energy, and forward vision. For the interior, resolve a complex assembly of spaces that diminish the congregation’s effectiveness as a spiritual community.