SAINT CLEMENT CHURCH
Renovation
Cincinnati, Ohio

The impetus to renovate this 135 year-old church came from a fire in the late 1980s. The goal was to repair the damaged structure as well as to update the floor plan that no longer served the congregation. The program included providing both a Parish Church and a Friar’s Chapel for the attached Friary.

By opening up the transepts and closing off the apse, the sanctuary was brought forward to create a greater sense of community. Seating accommodates 500 people. A large gathering space was created from what had been the narthex. The gathering space is separated from the nave by two small pavilions that house a reconciliation room and a sacristy for vesting.

The plaster ceiling of the church was removed exposing the original wood trusses which were refinished and incorporated into design of a new wood ceiling. The overall effect provides warmth and light to the atmosphere of the worship space.