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First Plymouth Church

Historic First-Plymouth Church receives updates and modernization features.

Sampson Construction oversaw three phases of renovations to First-Plymouth Congregational Church – the oldest church in Lincoln, founded in 1866. The first phase included the addition of a stage and theatrical lighting for use by the youth groups, as well as new electrical feed and HVAC. Renovations to the 17,700 SF area included the remodeling of Sunday school rooms, restrooms and Mayflower Hall - a lower level multipurpose room. Other Phase One projects included fixing leaking pipes and cracks in the sanctuary walls, repairing the round ‘rose’ stained glass window in the balcony which had started to crumble, and replacing eleven separate roofs.

Phase Two included remodeling the gymnasium, youth gathering rooms, chapel room and the preschool. This 28,860 SF phase included the removal of old locker rooms, the addition of new restrooms, and a partial stairwell infill to create additional square footage for the youth room while maintaining proper clearances for the stair tower. Phase Three included a renovation to the church’s daycare, prayer room, music rehearsal/practice rooms and staff offices over a three floor wing of the building. Acoustical concerns were addressed in this phase by applying an acoustical plaster finish to the original plaster ceiling. A 174 niche columbarium expansion was added to include rejuvenation of the old flagstone walkways in the Chapel Courtyard.

Originally built during the Great Depression for roughly $600,000, the church was and still is a magnificent structure. The historic church features an iconic bell tower, 13 copper and slate roofs, beautiful exterior brick work and an interior filled with intricate design and symbolism.

Project Details

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Lincoln, Nebraska
46,500 SF Renovation
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