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Trinity Lutheran Church

New Orleans, Louisiana

The firm was designing interior improvements to the interior of this small, circa 1911 Lutheran church—the fourth oldest one in New Orleans-- on historic Algiers Point across from New Orleans’ Vieux Carre when Hurricane Katrina struck. The church’s roof and a stained glass window were damaged and its steeple was blown down and fell into the street. Water infiltrated the worship space requiring a full restoration of the interior along with construction of a new steeple. Investigation of what remained of the existing wood-framed structure indicated that the steeple had been poorly constructed in the first place. Because there were no drawings of the original building available and what remained of the original steeple structure was taken away by recovery crews before it could be measured, the architects had to work by conjecture from photographs to develop drawings for the work to be performed, particularly with regard to the new steeple’s height and detailing.

The interior underwent plaster repair and painting work and an original wood floor covered by asbestos tile was revealed and refinished. The organ works were also relocated which allowed the front of the church to be opened up to approximate the original worship space. New lighting was installed throughout. The project won an Associated Builders and Contractors’ Eagle Award, a national award of excellence in 2008.

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