Intimately scaled for services of 20 to 120 people, the Bishop’s Chapel at The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s Roslyn Retreat and Conference Center in Richmond, respects the prevailing sense of community at the Roslyn campus while framing magnificent views looking south and west across the James River.
The site for the chapel is both a focal point for visitors, yet distinct within the larger setting as a place for worship and inspiration. The chapel is intended to bridge the natural and the spiritual. While the chapel is not intended to mimic the early Anglican churches of the Tidewater region, or the Carpenter Gothic churches of the turn of the century, it draws inspiration from these sources in its steeply pitched roof form, the vertical fenestration and simple massing. The use of clear glass, exposed wood and natural stone are formal choices intended to compliment and enhances the Roslyn experience.