First Baptist Church
Adaptive Reuse Study
Merton, WI


The Village of Merton is considering purchasing the 150+ year old, historic First Baptist Church, and eventually converting it into the village hall and offices.  HMI performed a feasibility study which identified code and zoning requirements that would result in needed changes or upgrades to the existing building.  Various scenarios were reviewed, including reuse of the church as-is (with minimal addition), significantly adding onto the existing church, and building a stand alone village hall on the same site as the church.  The addition options posed the challenge to match the existing architecture in such a way as to make the addition appear as it were part of the original building.  Happily, this was successfully accomplished.

Existing Church

Proposed Addition


Proposed Site Plan