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Union Presbyterian Seminary: Spence Library

Richmond, VA United States

Glavé & Holmes Architecture


Project Description

Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia is a study in conservative Protestant history. From the outside, the red brick Tudor Revival buildings reflect their historical surroundings while the interiors reflect growth, change and development. The Presbyterian institution has been redefining and transforming some of its buildings, looking to the future and another century of service.

Glav & Holmes Architecture was commissioned to rehabilitate the Spence Library, one of the buildings of this 28,000-square-foot property, turning it into a state-of-the-art facility for teaching and worship.

The Spence Library once housed eight levels of library stacks. The architects removed the self-supporting stacks to create a 40’ X 40’ X 40’ awe-inspiring worship room, meeting location and teaching space. Using contemporary styling, overlaying materials and moveable walls for maximum flexibility, the library now stands as a modern testament to design without having sacrificed any of the buildings original integrity.

Glave & Holmes Architecture used GKD’s Omega 1520 woven metal mesh finished in bronze and stainless as the overlays – creating the illusion of walls without compromising the filtered daylight, infusing the space with light to help to create the welcoming feeling of openness.

The chapel, now sitting in the place once occupied by the library stacks, is nestled within the other spaces, separated by huge mesh screens woven of bronze. The metal mesh provides a warm and dramatic backdrop for the chapel, and works as a balustrade for the balconies. Huge bronze mesh screens placed over the many windows provide sun shading by day, and add shimmering metallic detail to the chapel at night when illuminated by carefully placed lighting.


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Union Presbyterian Seminary: Spence Library
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Specified Products

GKD Metal Fabrics Omega 1520

Material: AISI Type 316 SS

Type: Flexible, one direction

Open Area: 50%

Weight: 1.06 lbs/sqft

Max. width: 26'

Max. length: Contact GKD

Visible Light Transmittance: Min 0.30, Max 0.54

Visible Light Reflectance: Min 0.19, Max 0.25

Solar Gain Coefficient: (SHGC) Min 0.21, Max 0.36

Available also with ss cables and bronze rods

System Components:

Extended loop

Flat & angle, threaded rod

Outrigger Tension System

Reinforced Internal Flat Bar


Woven-in bar with spring

Woven-in bar with eyebolt



Parking Facades

Column Covers


Etched Graphics





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