Renovations are wrapping up at a beloved old church in Hamilton Heights, revealing a surprising new look.
Mt. Zion Lutheran Church at 421 W 145th Street, long known for its painted yellow facade—some locals even called it simply "the yellow church on the hill"—now has a brick-red facade.
The change was revealed when scaffolding around the building recently came down.
Built in 1888 by architect Joseph Wolf, who crowned the church with a charming stepped gable, Mt. Zion received a $50,000 Sacred Sites Grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy last year to help shore up its facade and foundation.
Reaction to the new look was overwhelmingly positive.
"It’s such a beautiful little church. So happy it’s gotten a bit of a facelift," wrote @heightsbakingco in response to a post featuring before-and-after photos.
"I loved the distressed yellow, but I’m falling in love with the brick!" added author @erickwashington.