The Parlor is reborn: Meet St. Paul’s new Community Room


After reviewing and discussing the names submit- ted by ten St. Paul’s members, the Interiors Committee came to the conclusion that the newly redecorated Parlor should be renamed the Community Room. The new name not only does reflect the use of the room by various groups within the congregation but also the upgrading of the decor contributes to more inviting multi-purpose utilization.

The funding for the project came from an existing Interiors Fund, monies raised through events held during the 175th anniversary year, the “purchase a chair” request and a furniture sale. Forty donations were made to the “purchase a chair” request, allowing the Committee to pur- chase 40 stackable chairs for use in the Community Room and Library Room. Their donations were very much appreciated.

Those who use the Library Room for meetings will also notice it has been “refreshed,” with new sunshades still to come.

PA251920As you enter the building through the parking lot door you will notice that the hallway now has a more invit- ing atmosphere with the repurposing of furniture found in the building, especially the leather and metal Mid-Century studio chairs. The art work that was on the hallway walls has been relocated to the walls leading up to the church office/choir area and in the Library Room.

The new watercolor paintings in the hallway are by award winning artist Marilyn Robinson. Marilynn’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States; she has studied at the Newcomb Art School, Louisiana State Uni- versity, Incarnate Word College, the Oxford School of Fur- ther Education and other venues. Marilynn’s husband, Rev. Virgil Robinson, was the Interim Rector at St. Paul’s Church from 1997 to 2000.

The Information Center and Outreach con- tribution bins have been relocated to the far south end of the back hallway along with all sign-up sheets and activities calendar. History pictures on the wall leading to the Great Hall and Sanctuary will also be getting a new a new look. Rand Schmidt and Paul Haubrich are taking an inven- tory of what is displayed and will develop a more informative and appealing exhibit.

Many individuals contributed either finan- cially or with in-kind donations to this project. The Committee is grateful for their contributions.

The members of the Interiors Committee are Carrie Barbie, Suzy Brennan, Joanne Filmanowicz, Mary Beth Haubrich, Steve Sand- ers, Rand Schmidt and Karen Teague. Dean and Kathy Thome coordinate the Lending Library. Staff members Clark Cooley and Malcolm Soward-Gatford were helpful to the project.

Financial Donations:
• Anonymous (three families)

In-Kind Donations:
Tom and Pat Foster – Furniture that has been dis-

tributed throughout the Community Room, Library

Room and Rector’s office
Rand Schmidt – Lights in the Community Room

and hallway and angel pictures taken from photos

of the windows of St. Paul’s
Bill Fry and Peter Larson – Air conditioners in

the Community Room
Suzy Brennan – Reframing of large picture in the

Community Room
Paul and Mary Beth Haubrich – Furniture , In-

formation Center and amenities
Carrie Barbie – Framing of watercolor paintings • Steve Sanders – Lighting amenities
Dean and Kathy Thome – Lending Library amenities