Update on Status of the Effort to Save the Bell Tower
First Lutheran's Leadership Team has made the difficult decision to move towards the demolition of our bell tower. Earlier this month we paused the demolition process the third time in hopes that the City of Cincinnati would be able to secure $1 million in the 2022 Budget funding to help save the tower. This week we learned that sufficient funds were not available in the City Budget.
We would like to express our gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received these many months. Cincinnati Preservation, OTR ADOPT, City Council Members, contractors, engineers, members of the media, members of First Lutheran, and numerous residents of Over-the-Rhine and the Greater Cincinnati community have passionately worked to find a way to save the bell tower. Thank You.
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Ongoing Efforts: Our community partners will continue their efforts to save the bellower as long as the bell tolls. It is a testimony to their passion and commitment.
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History of the First Lutheran Bell Tower: The 179-year-old church has deep roots in the community it serves. The original 2,000-pound bell that hangs in the Tower was manufactured by the Verdin Bell Company, many members were born or live within blocks of FLC, and it serves as a meeting and performance space for dozens of arts and community organizations each year.
Cincinnati Movers and Makers, March 2021
WVXU, April 2021
WLWT, April 2021
Cincinnati Business Courier, May 2021
Pastoral Letter: Bell Tower Decision
June 25, 2021