St. John Lutheran Church desired better provision for gathering and fellowship area within their existing building. The Master Planning identified an under-utilized area as a potential location.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
After their inner-city, historic church was destroyed by arson, the congregation of First Evangelical Lutheran decided to rebuild. The GROTH Design Group team was selected from a nationwide search for architects. The team employed visioning workshops and design charrettes to develop a Master Plan.
The new church home provides a sanctuary for up to 300 people, offices, fellowship to seat 150 at tables, classroom and multi-use areas that allow for a community food program and sleeping areas for occasional homeless families. The design of kitchen and multi-use spaces solved a challenge of flexibility, safety, and adequate storage for the church’s outreach ministries.
Also complex was the desire for the worship to be completely flexible for liturgy and music programming.
The Chancel is movable with all flexible seating.
Art glass design and fabrication is by Cindy Kessler and Kessler Studios, Inc. in Loveland, OH. Picture of sanctuary with art glass by Bob Kessler.
ALA Design Award
ASID Design Award
The solution for this project was to design a glass faced space that both feels open and welcoming while also creating distinct zones that are comfortable at the human scale.
Phase I consisted of a new worship space for 195, gathering area, offices, meeting room, rest rooms, mechanical room, and kitchen.