The Church of the Holy Apostles commissioned McGuire House, a new eight-story assisted living facility on the site of its original rectory, for people with AIDS facing homelessness. The building complements the Church, an individual NYC landmark, in its brick and stone façade. PB+A and Brett Rhode, Architect researched the special needs of the AIDS population and worked with the Church’s housing consultant, providing cost estimates and drawings for alternate design schemes.
Rector William Greenlaw wrote, “Your proposed building was not only elegant, but also quite sympathetic to our 19th century landmark church next door…. Above all, you displayed professionalism throughout the process and we enjoyed working with you.”
The memorial garden, on the site of the Church, was designed to serve two functions. Sales of brick and stone pavers as memorials would help fund McGuire House next door. The facility’s residents would use the garden as a pleasant, protected setting in which to sit and take walks. The garden’s central feature is a slender watercourse that flows into a pool at the center of its front court, beside the church’s entry. A stone path connects the church, the garden, and McGuire House, allowing residents, mourners, and parishioners to mingle.