Talk about baptism by fire.

Constance Bracewell’s first day as executive director of The Old Church Concert Hall, that beloved West End performance space located in the striking 140-year-old Calvary Presbyterian Church, was also a moment of architectural tragedy.

Brian Libby is a Portland freelance journalist, critic and photographer who has contributed to The New York Times, The Atlantic and Dwell, among others. His column, Portland Architecture, can be read monthly in the Business Tribune or online (portlandarchitecture.com).