St. Bart’s

St. Bart’s

Lettering Design
Jesse Ragan

Art Direction
OCD Agency

Saint Bartholomew’s Church


For years I’ve gaped in awe at the hand-carved lettering that wraps the 1919 facade of Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Midtown Manhattan. The building’s architect, Bertram Goodhue, also designed the typeface Cheltenham, and his typographic sensibility is clearly evident in this lettering. So I was delighted when OCD Agency asked me to design a series of logotypes based on this source, for their rebranding of the church. Their versatile identity system marries old with new, providing a unified voice for the church’s many departments and activities.

The St. Bart’s branding was awarded in the Type Directors Club’s TDC32 competition and named both best in show and judge’s pick in the 2011 Brand New Awards. See the full design system on OCD’s site.

Below: original inscription at Saint Bartholomew’s Church; secondary marks; medallions in use in OCD’s design system; my initial tracings from photographs of the carvings

St Barts fascia
Saint Bartholomews Church New York
STB token
St Barts tokens
St Barts sketch