Our Story

The Transept was once a German Gothic church and has since been absolutely transformed into a historic landmark and standout in the Cincinnati OTR neighborhood.

Originally built in 1868, this building was once St. John’s Unitarian Church and was the first German-American Evangelical and Reformed Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Today, guests, hosts, visitors and bar patrons enjoy the rich history of this very beautiful, very typical German Gothic design—full of stained glass windows, huge vaulted ceilings and ornate details around every corner.

Over the years of renovation, this space has transformed numerous times before we felt confident that this would be one of the most unique, exclusive event venues in Cincinnati, and now, guests have confirmed that dream!

The Transept is a proud operation of DelightMore, Cincinnati’s premier hospitality company. As a part of DelightMore hospitality, The Transept clients and guests enjoy the DelightMore’s mission and values, which put your experience at the very top, alongside such important concepts as servant leadership, continuous learning and absolute perfection in quality and service.

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A DelightMore Venue

For over 30 years, DelightMore has sought excellence through serving others. It is our passion and promise to you and to each other. Like The Transept, all of our amazing venues enjoy the DelightMore’s signature welcoming staff, servant leadership and passionate quality.


Come visit us at the southwest corner of Washington Park in OTR, Cincinnati. Have a craft beer or cocktail at The Vestry bar, or schedule a tour of the venue’s magnificent event spaces, culminating in our beautiful bridal tower, tucked away at the very top of the steeple!

Michael “Funky” Forgus

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We would love to welcome you to The Transept. Please call 513.841.9999 or click the button below to get in touch.

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Service excellence and culinary delight are more than promises, they’re part of who we are. Founded in 2022 by Michael “Funky” Forgus and Don Vonderhaar, DelightMore brings a combined 70 years of care and experience to your table. At our venues or yours, we’d love for you and your guests—to be our guest.

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