Stone Temple

LocationNorth LawndaleBuilt2020ClientStone Temple Baptist Church

“We’ll have a collaborative of people coming together and sharing their stories and sharing their truths. Not a revisionist history, but the real history.”

- Pastor Reshorna Fitzpatrick, Stone Temple Baptist Church


In 2020, members of the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council reached out to us with the idea of building a stage in a garden owned by Stone Temple Baptist Church. Since the garden developed organically over time, we agreed to create a masterplan that would accommodate future programming, including an outdoor stage.


  • Create a masterplan that the church can use for future development of the garden
  • Design spaces for cookouts, outdoor meetings, and poetry sessions
  • Build a stage for artists and community members to voice their opinions, share their stories, and learn about the community’s heritage and culture.
  • Promote unity and peace by bringing many groups of people together


Since its inception in 1926, Stone Temple Baptist Church has promoted unity and peace by bringing different groups of people together, especially in times of discrimination and hardship. In the 1960s northern civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. used the church and the North Lawndale neighborhood as his home base. His work in creating a platform for people to come together and have a voice was a key goal that guided the development of the project.






  • Outdoor stage with a shipping container
  • ADA-compliant decomposed granite pathway
  • Two ADA-compliant ramps
  • Seating for 40 people
  • Soil mounds with vegetation throughout the garden
  • New ground coverings for the stage and seating areas
  • Storage shed with tools

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