The design concept for the Reading Room began with the physical features of the Study Room. Removal of the original cracked wallpaper revealed horizontal tongue and groove pine boards - a building method that predates our modern stud wall/gypsum board construction. Rather than cover this up, the beautiful grain of this vintage wood served as a foundation for the design.

The wood had yellowed with age, so we softened that color by hand-rubbing diluted white paint into the grain. The result is an antique, but updated, feel. The high gloss white on the old doors and moldings echoes this new-old statement.

     Furnishings were chosen to reinforce the juxtaposition of old and new. Oriental carpet and wingback chairs co-exist harmoniously with the simplicity of custom Italian shelving.

     Original oak floors were sanded and refinished by the church members in a rich walnut stain.