Episcopal Church of the Nativity
Nativity Memorial Garden
Beard + Riser assisted the Episcopal Church of the Nativity with a memorial garden and columbarium.
The purpose of memorial garden included providing a columbarium entrance wall off of Church Street. The wall facing the street was inscribed with a Biblical passage, as a note to those entering the courtyard of the sacred nature of the space. The courtyard was updated with new brick pavers and edging, raised planting beds, and a water fountain.
A new ADA walk and entrance nearer the sanctuary were designed to be a transition from a rebuilt archway that connects the vesting rooms to the chancel.
Beard and Riser's design transformed a forgotten part of our church into a stunning and functional prayer garden. They adapted to our needs throughout the process, and the result is a sacred space that creatively reflects our history while meeting the emerging needs of the present. - Rev. Peter Gray