Cornerstone is steeped inhibitory as a major landmark and community hub that has been part of Cardiff life for 160 years.
A Grade II listed building, its dramatic colourful frontage magnificent open span interior it opened in 1855 as Ebenezer Chapel, the first Neo gothic church in Cardiff.
The building was created by leading Victorian architect, Robert George Thomas of Monmouthshire. A prolific architect of religious buildings in Wales, Thomas was to become one of the forefathers of modern Australia as founding planner of the city of Adelaide.
Reflecting its international appeal, Cornerstone is characteristcially faced in multi-coloured ballast stones from ships that plied between the port of Cardiff and exotic shores.
In 2010 the chapel was vacated by its Welsh-speaking Presbyterian Congregation as it required prohibitively expensive restoration.
The building was rescued but he Catholic Archdiocese of Cardiff, which purchased the chapel in 2012.
Aided by a £1.2 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the building was re-born as Cornerstone, transformed into a centre of community life within Cardiff city centre, preserving its historic architectural fabric.
Opening in 2016, it has been brought back to life as a vibrant and exciting mixed-use community hub and corporate venue.
Cornerstone has quite literally been a ‘cornerstone’ of the community for generations. Now we have opened up more than ever before to the community in the widest sense, becoming a much needed new hub for many sections of society in Cardiff.