Please help us restore this landmark studio building!

Will you rise to the challenge?

Barbara White Studios

Church Studios Challenge

You can help.  As soon as we raise $270K and meet the challenge, we can green light this restoration and preservation project, with a goal for ground breaking in spring 2017.  

To date, we have raised $274,000 from trustees, alumni, and staff.  You can be a part of re-building Church Studios by helping us raise the remaining $23,000 by the end of March!

Your name will be included on a plaque of thanks in the lobby of the restored Church Studios.

Plan for Reconstruction

Consistent with the standards of the VSC Campus Master Plan, the Church Studios will be re-built to meet all state and federal fire, accessibility, and historic preservation codes, and to make improvements to the foundation, insulation, and mechanical systems to ensure a modest, sprinklered, energy efficient, healthy, and durable building for decades to come.  

In addition, the studios will be enhanced to offer improved privacy and sound insulation, individual heat and ventilation control, and parity of studio dimensions, wall space, and natural and artificial light.  The renovation will maintain the historic stained glass facing the street, all structural components, and all external architectural elements.

Tours and Updates

Come see what you will make possible! We are pleased to offer tours of this historic church as it currently stands. Please call the VSC office (802-635-2727) for more information.  

Designer Milford Cushman, who worked with VSC to develop the Campus Master Plan, is also available to speak with potential major project donors to detail the proposed renovations and improvements.  

As the challenge campaign proceeds, updates will be shared via VSC’s social media outlets as we gain on the challenge goal and then, with your help, break ground.  We will keep you informed!

Our Thanks

To the Johnson Vermont Fire Department and their fellow departments in neighboring towns, for their swift and expert response to the fire without which this opportunity to re-build would not be possible.  

To the 160 VSC friends who made contributions to the Church Fire Fund in the days immediately following the fire; the $17,961 in total contributions provided emergency funds for the relocation of staff and resident studios, to cover material losses, and toward the massive clean up and stabilization work that have now readied the Church Studios for re-construction. 

To the people of Johnson, who in 1854 constructed, and have since maintained, a building of such beauty and strength as to inspire this important investment in the building’s future as a Johnson Main Street landmark.

Yes! I want to rise to the challenge!
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