Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Peterborough, New Hampshire
In the early 1980's the Good Shepherd congregation purchased approximately 15 acres of land upon which to build a church. Subsequent changes in the wetland regulations reduced the buildable portion of the site to little more than an acre. The project was controversial within the Peterborough community since it was perceived to be in violation of the "greenbelt" along the Highway 101 corridor. Close collaboration between the architect, landscape architect, and engineer led to the development of an environmentally sensitive and symbolically significant site design. The project was vindicated when one of the leading opponents publicly commented that the site design was so successful she was "hardly aware the project had been built."