Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
Santa Monica, CA

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio completed a master plan and space needs program for Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Santa Monica. Over the last seventy years, Mt. Olive has been a staple in the neighborhood, serving as a spiritual center while also hosting many community services and events, including concerts, recovery programs, yoga classes, preschool services, and after school programs. A 25 year Master Plan was created to move forward as both a place of worship and as a community resource center for Santa Monica residents. Urban Studio and Ahbe Landscape Architects assisted Mt Olive in reorganizing, adding needed outdoor space and creating versatility and flexibility to their campus. The program involved numerous meetings with church members, volunteer teams and the larger Santa Monica community. The final master plan was completed with the focus on Mt. Olive as a center for local activity.