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Central facelift continues
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Darrick Holmes of Volunteer Paint finishes putting up the new signage at Central Church of Christ on Tuesday. The new letter style is called Fritz Quadrata and was manufactured by American Sign Letters of Florida. The old lettering had graced the triangular pediment over the main entrance since 1972. - photo by Chris Simones

Central Church of Christ’s renovations continue with new lettering bearing the church’s name. 

“The difference between the old and the new is noticeable,” said Central elder Dennis Ruch. “The new letter style is called Fritz Quadrata, which is a graceful, classically influenced font that communicates in a friendly, welcoming voice. The style expresses dignity and strength but in a congenial, not overbearing tone.”

The new letters were manufactured in Florida by American Sign Letters. A computer, numeric-controlled water jet operating at extremely high pressure cut the letters from a solid aluminum plate one-half inch thick.

The original lettering that had been displayed in the triangular pediment over the main entrance since the auditorium was completed in 1972 was a Gothic-style font which some church members found incompatible with the neo-classical architecture of the building.

“The church is an integral part of McMinnville and Warren County, essential to the social fabric of the community,” Central elder Doug Bost explained. “The church exists to serve God and the spiritual life of its members, but its physical presence should be an asset to the community and source of civic pride.”

The new lettering was installed Monday by Volunteer Painting, a company based in Coffee County which has been contracted to repaint the building’s exterior trim and ornamentation.

Central Church of Christ replaced its steeple and belfry earlier this year.