FIRST LUTHERAN RESTORATION PROJECT
Our building at 1208 Race Street was built in 1895. For 121 years our facility has served the community and the people who gathered for worship well. For the last 70 years the realities of the neighborhood challenged the congregation's ability to maintain the building. The doors have always remained open, but precious financial resources were always directed first to the countless people who were in great need living in our surrounding neighborhood. The recent transformation in Over-the-Rhine has provided the opportunity to address the significant amount of deferred maintenance that exists. Restoring the facade, stabilizing the bell tower, installing a full elevator, renovating the Gallery and stained glass, finishing the restoration efforts in the worship space and renewing our lower level meal space are all on the list to tackle.
In 2017 "On Track & Resolute" Capital Campaign secured $380,000 in financial commitments. This has allowed us to move forward with the first phase of restoration work costing $700,000. Restoration of our sandstone facade and woodwork and the stabilization of our historic bell tower was completed by SSRG of Cincinnati this spring and our newly refurbished stained glass windows have been re-installed on the front of our building. With the scaffolding removed work now begins on restoring worship and community spaces on the interior of the building.
If you would like to support our effort to preserve our historic building located on Washington Park and the Bell Connector line you can click on our paypal link located on our donation Page. Thank you in advance for your support!