Restore.

Chambers Murphy & Burge was retained by First Congregational Church of Akron to first develop a program statement and a master plan for growth and improvement. The initial phase of the project was the restoration of the slate roof and stone masonry.

Designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, the massive masonry structure has a complex fa├žade featuring crenellated towers, varied masonry textures and unique stained glass pattern windows. Apart from its striking appearance, First Congregational Church is also architecturally significant for retaining an interior layout known as an Akron Plan Church. The present structure, built in 1910, was designed by the architectural firm of Charles Henry & Son. Among the leading Akron architects of the day, the Henry firm promoted the “Akron Plan” of church design nationally.

First Congregational Church of Akron

Historic

First Congregational Church of Akron

After

The pipe organ was shipped to Quebec for restoration. In the 12 months that it was gone, the restoration of the sanctuary was bid and completed. CMB walked the Owner through this project, assisting with their furnishings acquisition and adding interiors projects at the same time. The building was occupied throughout construction.

Special features of this project include incredible oak woodwork with a natural waxed finish, decorative painting, stenciling, decorative plaster moldings, stained glass windows, skylight and domed skylight. Exterior restoration included removing the asphalt roof shingles and restoring the historic slate roof, restoring the copper cladding on the monitor, reopening two skylights, repairing the masonry and re-voicing the bells in the tower.

First Congregational Church of Akron

First Congregational Church of Akron


Services Provided:

  • Program Statement
  • Master Plan
  • Preservation Planning
  • Full Architectural Services
  • Paint Analysis