Villa Chapel

WJET Channel 24 Interview: Philadelphia Architect Richard Olaya, Sept. 9

Sep 11 2011

Richard Olaya, principal of Olaya Studio, toured the Villa Chapel and told WJET, channel 24, that the chapel "is a gem" and that "this kind of building cannot be replicated today." Olaya said the unique chapel is "one of a kind, worth keeping." An experienced architect, Olaya's reuse projects include renovation of a historic nursing home, an auditorium at Howard University, barracks at Fort Dix and a museum in Santa Fe. He also designed a Center for Culture and Community for a historic Methodist Church. Olaya has also designed additions to a Christian Camp in Upper Moreland Township, PA, and apartments in Philadelphia and Newark. These varied experiences informed his work with volunteers at the planning session for the Villa Chapel sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation PA and the Erie Center for Design and Preservation. Link -

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