St. Michael’s By-The-Sea recently broke ground on a $210,000 renovation project for a redesign of its western entrance. The episcopal church holds the title of the first church in Carlsbad, with its historic chapel, originally created in 1894, remaining to this day one of the four oldest buildings in the Carlsbad Village area. The renovation project will seek to complement the original design of iconic architect Albert Frey, and will feature a combination of pocket sliding glass doors and a moveable screen. The project is headed by Lance O’Donnell of 02 Architects and Level 3 Construction, and is expected to be completed at the end of 2015. Father Doran Stambaugh, St. Michael’s rector, commented, “After years of planning and praying, we’re excited that the narthex project is finally coming to fruition.” To learn more visit or