Photos: Harlem's Mt. Zion Lutheran Church has a surprising new look after renovations

Mt. Zion Lutheran Church at 421 W 145th Street has a new look after renovations.

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.

Mt. Zion Lutheran Church with its yellow facade in 2020.

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.

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