First United Methodist Church


Sanctuary/Choir Loft Renovations

Paris, Texas - Completed 1997

In order to accommodate the installation of a larger organ console, Denney Architects was called upon to extend the rostrum and choir loft facade for the second time in the life of this historic building.

The original design did not provide direct access from the sanctuary floor to the choir loft and was remodeled in the late nineteen-sixties to include two small staircases to correct this deficiency, as well as providing space in the choir loft for the organ console and a grand piano. Great care was exercised in both projects to insure that the new architectural casework and paneling perfectly matched the original.


Fellowship Hall Improvements

Paris, Texas - Completed 1987

Complete renovation of existing basement and basement mezzanine levels of the historic church building, including replacement of the air conditioning system, electrical upgrade and major reconfiguration of existing classrooms and food serving facilities.

The original structure was constructed in 1920-21 and remodeled in the early 1950's.


Sanctuary Painting & Refinishing

Paris, Texas - Completed 1977

As part of a general property improvement campaign, Denney Architects was responsible for the repainting of the interior of the Sanctuary, a space re-knowned in the region for its multicolored wall finishes and elegant stencil painting.

Extreme care and many hours of testing & sampling went into the project; and Denney Architects provided almost continuous on-site supervision in order to faithfully replicate the original work. The success of the project is measured by the inclusion of the church building in the National Register of Historic Places as an exceptional example of sculptural plaster work and stenciling.

This project involved a great deal more than repainting the sanctuary.  It was a time-intensive project which required the utmost in accuracy, meticulous detail, research, logistics and personal involvement.  The project also bears out the Denneys' ability to organize and coordinate the work with the Owner's on-going operations, which is an extensive part of designing renovation work.

Because of their close proximity to the work, and their constant involvement in the construction process, Denney Architects was heavily involved in the planning and implementation of temporary facilities and the temporary relocation of essential functions.  This close involvement by the Architect is essential to the success of a major renovation project.