The Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission (DRC) heaped praise upon and unanimously approved our New Parish House plans this week. At DRC’s regular meeting Wednesday November 18, 2015, Shannon Brown, our architect with John G. Waite Associates, presented detailed information about the overall look, materials, mass and scaling. Dean Vang, Building Committee Chair Gordon Boyd and Vestry member Catherine Berheide attended. One Commissioner called our plans “stunning work”, and the Chairman likewise had high praise for not only the look of the project and its sensitivity to the existing historic church, but the occupancy plans as well and Bethesda’s future service to the community. Once specific exterior building materials are selected, brick, mortar, slate, etc., they will be subject to DRC review and, it is expected, prompt approval.