To celebrate our 250th anniversary, and in order to continue serving our community, the congregation of First & Franklin began an ambitious program of improvements to our historic campus. With the distinguished local architectural firm of Murphy & Dittenhafer, we developed a comprehensive master plan. We launched a capital campaign in 2008, and have raised almost $1.8 million from our members and friends, including planned giving and support from local foundations.
Individual contributions ranged from single digits to six figures; the generosity of our donors is inspiring and humbling. Contributions are still welcome to reduce the debt for this project.
The first phase of work consisted of major interior renovations to the Sanctuary itself. The year-long project was completed in the summer of 2010. It included plasterwork repair and repainting, installation of air conditioning, upgrades to the electrical, lighting, and sound systems, and reconfiguration of the chancel area. Read the Baltimore Sun news article from January 2, 2010, for details of the completed restoration work.
The work does not stop here. The next phase of capital improvements includes the renovation of Hodge House, the church’s historic former parish hall. This project includes new systems, bathrooms, offices and dormitories. The Center, a joint project with the Baltimore Presbytery is located in Historic Hodge House.
The final phase of capital projects will be the construction of a connecting structure linking the Sanctuary, Hodge House, and Backus House, providing handicapped access to the campus. We will also create a courtyard columbarium to cherish the ashes of departed members and friends