FATHER ROBERT McDONALD COLUMBIAN CENTER
HENRICO COUNTY, VIRGINIA
Reaching the end of its material lifespan, the existing Columbian Center demanded significant repairs and renovations in order to
continue to serve the Knights of Columbus chapter that gather in the center. Since its construction in 1969, the programming requirements of the
Knights of Columbus had shifted away from renting the Columbian Center for weddings, high school proms, and community events, to a much more restricted
use by the Knights and a Boy Scout troop.
The Father Robert W. McDonald Columbian Center, Inc., commissioned the DG Group to design the new Columbian Center, in association with Jonathan Kucera, Architectural Consultant.
The Knights stated the desire for a new building that would express a sense of permanence. The site, heavily wooded and sloping down to a stream, influences the lodge character of the Columbian Center. Craftsman details in natural materials of stone, wood, and metal externally and internally give the modest Clubhouse a distinctive character telegraphing both the informal and formal activities of its primary occupants.