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Can An Iconic Over-the-Rhine Landmark Be Saved?

First Lutheran Church
First Lutheran Church in Over-the-Rhine.

For 126 years, First Lutheran Church's bell tower has looked over Washington Park and Over-the-Rhine. But the iconic landmark's fate is in serious question.

The tower needs a complete renovation that will cost roughly $3 million, and the church -- which has been in the neighborhood for almost 180 years -- can't afford the repairs alone. 

With urgent demolition orders pending from the city, church leaders and historic preservation groups are attempting one last effort to save a piece of Over-the-Rhine's skyline.

Joining Cincinnati Edition isFirst Lutheran ChurchPastor Brian Ferguson. 

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.