ESTHER SHORT — The Providence Academy Chapel was recently recognized with a Palladio Award, in the Craftsmanship category, for its “historic rehabilitation” completed last year. The award was given by Traditional Building magazine and announced to SERA, the architecture firm that designed the renovation project.
The achievement was applauded by members of The Historic Trust, the nonprofit organization that owns the chapel.
“(SERA’s) staff is well known for its expertise working with historic buildings, which made them a perfect partner in the Trust’s stewardship of Providence Academy,” said Stacey Graham, interim president and CEO of The Historic Trust.
Rehabilitation of the chapel, which originally opened in 1883, started in 2019 and was completed in May 2020. The Historic Trust invested nearly $3 million to renovate the chapel as well as Providence Hall. The organization estimates that it still needs $30 million to continue repairing parts of the historic building.