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First Lutheran Church

Location: Cincinnati, OH
Schedule: June 2017 – April 2018
Cost: $496,000
Type of Project: Masonry Restoration
Client: First English Evangelical Lutheran Church 

This historic Over-the-Rhine church, dedicated on May 12, 1895, was far from its glory days. Half of the limestone needed to be replaced and sanded to match the original stone. The south entrance facing Washington Park needed repairs, too, including new stone lettering above the entryway. SSRG worked closely with the church to get a keen understanding of the client’s needs. We even designed unique work site signage that incorporated the identities of both SSRG and First Lutheran.

In 2018, the facade restoration project was finally completed. The towers of plastic and metal were lifted away to reveal … a beautiful old church. The folks at First Lutheran Church didn’t want to dramatically change anything about their 121-year-old home, so everything is improved, but not necessarily new.

plastic wrap covering the front of the first lutheran church and scaffold
Blue and orange, SSRG and First Lutheran Church combined signage branding on the outside of the building.
burnt bricks at the first lutheran church
brick foundation at the first lutheran church
outside shot of the first lutheran church, patina is on the caps of the various roof toppers
Outside shot of the front of the First English Lutheran Church
Outside shot of the front of the First English Lutheran Church
Outside shot of the front of the First English Lutheran Church

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