Capital Building Projects

Phase II Progress 2021


Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Lift Up Campaign to make our campus accessible to everyone! The lift is finished and ready to use.

New plants and shrubs are here. Last week Ballecks Garden Center finished our landscaping from the Capital Campaign Project and also replaced a shrub at the Nearly New. The majority of plants chosen are native species to support our ecosystem and promote our participation as a pollinator pathway site. 

Saint Ann's Parish Completes the Capital Campaign and Capital Projects: 

Saint Ann’s Parish continues to Reflect, Restore, Renew and give thanks to God, our donors and the many hands that worked diligently since 2017 on the Capital Campaign and the execution of the Phase I and Phase II projects. 


For many years, Saint Ann's has been working towards making our church handicapped accessible, so that all may access our building and worship together.  We started by adding a handicapped accessible ramp to the Griswold Room and followed in 2018, as promised in Phase I of our Capital Projects, with a fully accessible and stately entrance into the new Narthex and our refurbished Sanctuary.  The church interior and exterior has been painted, the windows replaced in the Sanctuary and new ADA compliant exterior doors added to our front entrance.

Phase II added two fully accessible bathrooms on the first floor. In addition, we removed the steps that separate the Griswold Room and kitchen from the new Rector’s office, the Parish Administrator’s office and Rear Entrance, allowing all first-floor spaces to share the same floor level as the Sanctuary. Our new Rear Entrance now has improved visibility and security doors to align with safe church practices.  A passenger lift now connects the first floor with the lower level completing our goal of providing access for all. 

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Construction of Phase II began in November 2020 and was completed in March 2021. We carefully worked on the renovation of our interior with our contractors and staff through COVID-19. We are pleased to share the renderings of the first floor and the new Rear Entrance to our church offices. The Phase II work also allowed us the opportunity to restore the Phase I exterior work caused by the storm damage of Hurricane Isaias.

Finally, to fulfill our goal to make the entire church accessible, the lower level of our church is now accessible to all with the addition of an automatic passenger lift that connects the Nursery, Godly Play, the Sewing Room, and other meeting spaces to the first floor. 

The successful completion of our Capital Campaign and the building projects ensures Saint Ann’s accessibility today and for generations to follow. Now, our parishioners and guests from the community can attend all services and events at the church and can easily access the facilities on our lower level.

We thank you so very much for your generosity and continued support of Saint Ann's Parish. 

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Phase II Progress

Exterior Renovations

Making the old new again at St. Ann's in Old Lyme

From The Day

by Carol Carlson

“On Oct. 8, 1883, was established a Mission at the village of Black Hall in Old Lyme,” as recorded in the Journal of the Diocese of Connecticut. That mission has grown to become Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church, now located at 82 Shore Road.

On Nov. 17, 1955, ground for the church was broken, a new beginning for the Episcopal Church in Old Lyme. The building was dedicated on Aug. 12, 1956.

In 1959, the Mission became fully self-supporting and was commissioned a parish. In 1963, additional space was added to house 11 classrooms, a library/meeting room, kitchen and small offices.

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Interior Renovations

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Read about our 2018-19 

Capital Campaign fundraising efforts and events here.

Capital Building Projects: Phase One Completion Celebration, June 23, 2019


Dear Friends & Family of Saint Ann's, 

On Sunday, June 23rd, prior to both the 8:30 and 10:30 services, we celebrated the completion of Phase One of our Capital Building Projects. We assembled in the parking lot at the head of our new ramp, continued to our new terrace, opened our new red doors, walked through our expanded Narthex and celebrated with services in our freshly painted Sanctuary to the music of our newly tuned organ. 


We thank you all for your patience and support in May and June as we worked together to restore and renew our beloved Saint Ann's. 


Please click here to see pictures from the June 23rd celebration.

Capital Building Projects: Phase One Progress Report, April 26, 2019

Dear Family and Friends of Saint Ann's, 

We are pleased to report that the Phase One building project at Saint Ann's is right on schedule in spite of lots of rain over the past three weeks. The stone masons are transforming the front entrance to our church and you can already see the stone walls, pathways and terrace taking form. 


The interior work on the Narthex began this week after our organ was carefully covered and secured by the organ specialist, Foley-Baker. For the next few weeks, we will sing to the chords of our piano that is situated on the left of the altar. 


We anticipate the work being completed, on schedule, by June 14th, after which the painting of our Sanctuary will begin. More news on this long-awaited work to follow in our next eBlast. 


We thank you for your patience and forbearance as we "Restore and Renew" our beloved Saint Ann's Church. 


Faithfully yours, 


Laura Lee Miller 

Newt Merrill 



Capital Building Projects

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Capital Building Projects : Phase One Progress Report, April 10, 2019


On Wednesday, April 3, Saint Ann's Phase One Capital Building Project began under the leadership and direction of Centerbrook Architects and Enterprise Builders. Directional signs were in place and fencing constructed to protect the job site. During construction, our new entrance, through the Griswold Room, is well marked and well lighted, day or night. 


On Day 1, the plantings at the front of the church were carefully dug and transplanted to beds around the churchyard and to the Rectory. All of the plantings were put to good use and have attractive new homes. Thanks to Polly Merrill and Carol Carlson for the time, energy and attention they gave to this project. 


The excavation of the front and side yards is going according to plan. This week, the concrete will be poured and native Connecticut stone will be delivered to create our stone walls and terrace.  


We look forward to celebrating Holy Week and Easter in the Sanctuary with full choir and organ. After Easter, the organ will be carefully covered by Foley Baker, and the renovation of the Robinson Narthex will begin.  


We have a seven-week construction timetable, give or take depending on weather, which will bring us to Memorial Day, at which time we will celebrate by re-opening the new front doors to Saint Ann's Parish and welcoming you from the new terrace and through the expanded narthex. 


Blessings and heartfelt thanks to all of you who have supported the REFLECT, RESTORE, RENEW Capital Campaign, and prayers for all who are working diligently on the design and construction of our project. 


Faithfully yours, 


Laura Lee Miller 

Newton P. S. Merrill 


Co-Chairs, Capital Building Projects

Capital Building Projects, All Parish Forum, February 3, 2019