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In 1983, OMR purchased a decommissioned church in West Acton’s historic district to house new architectural studio space. The historic preservation/renovation occurred in three phases as the company grew over the course of several years.

Phase I doubled the amount of usable space available by dividing the sanctuary into two levels. On the main floor, an enclosed staircase screens offices in the altar space from the main studio. A conference room located near the front entry separates the reception area from the rest of the first floor.

Phase II dropped the floor of the basement to create a lower level full of usable offices. New windows placed in the stone foundation flood the space with fresh air and natural daylight.

Phase III transformed the new upper level into a large, open studio. A continuous roof ridge skylight runs the length of the ceiling. Indirect lighting techniques form a high-quality, glare-free, bright, and naturally lit workplace. Morning and evening light filters through original stained glass windows, casting a beautiful spectrum of color across the studio.