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, had lost much of its luster after decades without restoration. Half of the pink sandstone needed to be replaced and stained to match the original stone. The south entrance facing Washington Park needed repairs, too, including new stone lettering above the entryway. Both stone turrets flanking the sides of the facade were replaced nearly in their entirety. SSRG worked closely with the church to get a keen understanding of the client’s needs. The church wanted to create a lot of positive community energy around this project and the their capital improvement campaign. Both parties worked together strategically to build messaging and branding to ensure success for the project and the church as a whole. In 2018, the facade restoration project was finally completed, and the beautiful old church was revealed to be, still, a beautiful old church. Which is just as the First Lutheran Church community wanted it to be. They didn’t want to dramatically change 121-year-old home, but improve it so that it will last for generations to come.