Cathedral of Life, Neighborhood Revitalization Award, 433 Elmwood Avenue
The restoration of this historic property reflects the hard work and collaborative effort of the Cathedral of Life, its pastor Jeffery A. Williams, members of the congregation, and architect Martin Ezeama of EA Design. Additionally, it shows the positive impact a restoration effort such as this can have on its surroundings. The restored building stands prominently along Elmwood Avenue, a major thoroughfare in the city. The over 130-year-old Second Empire-style building had suffered from deferred maintenance and required extensive work on both the interior and exterior prior to being occupied by the ministry. The effort reflects the church’s feeling that the restoration of the building on the city’s south side would provide hope for the community and serve to inspire others. The church’s stewardship of this prominent historic building serves as a model for all congregations throughout the city.