The Steps of Savannah
My latest photo-journal book is now available - please see below
~ Updated: 19 December 2015~
Welcome to Klipspringer Studios !
Greenville, South Carolina
The private web page for
John Paul McGuire
Contractor...... & Photographer......
John Paul McGuire, General Contractor:
Licensed in both North Carolina & South Carolina
I currently have 4 projects under way:
(Previous projects are listed to the right in "constructon" and "historic preservation" pages.)
Lea's Chapel UMC, Roxboro, NC New Brook UMC, Roxboro,NC
Lea's Chapel is a congregation dating
back to 1750, located in the country
between Roxboro and Leasburg. The
current structure dates back to 1905.
The work I am doing involves the new
addition of two handicap accessible
bathrooms plus a complete kitchen
renovation. This project has just passed its final inspection and is now complete.
is a 100+ year old downtown church. I am currently involved with phase 1 of the work here: removal and repair/restoration of the sanctuaries stained glass windows and the replacement of the roof. At the same time I am in the design stage for phase 2: an addition that will create a new choir room and three bathrooms, along with renovations that will bring the church a state-of-the-art nursery and a handicap-accessibility to the pulpit & choir loft. I am currently seeking sub-contractor inquiries for plumbing, HVAC and electrical; and I am proud to be partnering once more with LEB Glass Studios
of Greenville, SC for the stained glass work.
Rhems UMC, New Bern, NC Banks UMC, Wilton, NC
The Rhems church is located on the south side of New Bern, along US Hwy 17. The church serves as a mission outreach facility for several programs for the Karen refugee population from Burma. My project here involves the construction of a new fellowship hall building that incorporates meeting/gathering space, a commercial kitchen, a computer lab and 2 handicap-accessible bathrooms. This project is approximately 30% complete, and I expect it to be finished by about February 2016.
The Banks church is another congregation that dates back to the mid 1700's, but the current sanctuary is c.1906. It is a beautifully maintained historic property currently in the country along NC#96 between Youngsville and Oxford. The writing is on the wall, though, for the winds of change. The growth of the city of Wake Forest is fast approaching from the southeast and the growth from Raleigh is just as quickly approaching from the south. I am currently in the designing phase for this project, expected to break ground by January, 2016. This half-million dollar project will involve a new fellowship hall, handicap-accessible bathrooms, classrooms, meeting space, a new nursery and a renovated kitchen.
Sunset reflected in one of the front windows of the Banks United Methodist Church.
I very much enjoy being an amateur photographer. Please click on any of the photography pages to the right to view examples. And below are links to photo-books I have published.
The Steps of Savannah
My latest photo-book
The Steps of Savannah:
Now available for sale at both Amazon and at Blurb. The entire book can be viewed for free at:
The lone Quaker home
"The Down East"
Is now available for sale, and can be viewed and purchased at:
The book is a photo journal of the Down East area of North Carolina - the land between I-95 and the Atlantic Ocean.
Swans Fluttering Wings
"Reflections of Louisiana"
is now available for sale, and can be viewed and purchased at:
Wildflower In Blue
The photo above was taken in the Karabakh region of Armenia. It is one of many wild flowers featured in my photo journal book:
"Where The Wild Flowers Bloom."
The entire book can be viewed and purchased at:
"A Journey Into Lesotho"
A photo-journal of the Kingdom of Lesotho, in Southern Africa:
In my professional life as a Construction Design Professional, I strive for the proper integration of Function, Beauty, Constructability, Cost-Effectiveness and Environment Compatibility;
to create a finished product that is both pleasing and sustainable.
I look upon each project as an extension of the client, and thus consider it to be imperative that the finished product reflect the client's personality, as well as their needs, in a way that enhances their lives and their surroundings.
As a photographer I look to capture the essence of the human spirit, either through personal emotions, or through the legacies we leave behind.
~ We must be in harmony with the world around us. ~
Listed to the right are link pages to various projects I have most recently been involved with. Please feel free to browse at your leisure.
Klipspringer Studios is the outlet for my personal artistic expression, through my professional career as well as through my daily adventures - along with where I can share information on the activities I am involved in. While my activities may center around photography or design services, or church property construction, furniture building, art, writing, or taking people on mission teams around the world, all of my endeavors are done so in keeping with my personal faith.
* As an avid photographer, I have included examples of the way I view this world - from architectural celebration to the human form.
* As an internationalist, and one concerned with the needs of the
less-fortunate, you might want to consider joining me on a hands-on
mission to a foreign or domestic location in need.
* As an artist, you may find my artistic expression through conceptual cartography, free-form painting, and texture and graphic relief work to be unique and unusual.
* As a collector of the unique, from furniture to pottery, to textiles, to art work, you may be interested in going on a "Shopping Safari" with me - where you will meet the crafts-persons making the objects you fall in love with, from around the world.
* As a published, architectural designer, I am able to help you design
the home of your dreams, or to decorate the space in which you live, to
reflect the personality within you.
All photography rights are reserved. No photos contained on this site may be used in any way without permission.
Click on most pictures, from any of the pages, to view an enlarged version.