2017 Sanctuary Remodel Update
June 12, 2017:
The window frames were delivered and painted. They will be installed in anticipation of the stain glass windows being delivered after they are rebuilt.
The pillars that will frame the outside of the windows have been remade and painted. They will be installed after the stain glass is installed.
The archers for the top of the windows were delivered and primed.
The picture below shows the installation of the arches. This is in anticipation of the stain glass being delivered.
The crosses mounted on the north and south outside walls act as both decoration but also support the interior steel wall supports. The star in the picture above is also part of the interior wall support.
The arch installation required both a fork lift and people lift to make the tight fit. Now all the windows are uniform and can easily be worked on for glass installation and any protection needed in the future.
The view from inside the sanctuary shows all the frames installed and the bird holes closed.
The next steps include preparation for plaster and finishing the enclosures around the supporting ceiling rods. All the truss rods have been installed and the only remaining supports are the 3 supporting wires that tie the north and south walls together. The hope is to start the plaster work later this week and start the painting process before the end of the month. The carpet colors and type have been decided upon and the orders will be placed this week. The pews are being recovered and repaired and hope they will be available for installation after the carpet is installed. The project has been without any major issues so far. We still need to raise the southeast corner of the building roof and install new support plates on top of the brick. There is cleaning and support work to be done in the crawl space of the church after the sanctuary is completed. When you are in the church feel free to go upstairs and watch the progress.
May 5, 2017: The work this week on the wall/truss supports has really progressed. With all the rain the workers were happy to be inside and out of the weather. Most of the tie rods will be installed by this Sunday with the rest probably going in over the next couple weeks. Take time to go upstairs and look during your next visit.
Figure 1 Worker installing the truss tie rods
Figure 2 Workers connection and tightening the tie rods
Figure 3 Attic area above the north sanctuary storage room where the rods connect
Figure 4 Plates used to connect the rods in the attic areas
This week the committee choosing the carpet, pew and wall colors came to an agreement regarding carpet and pew color and style. This was very important so we could start the pew refurbishing. The plan is to keep the traditional look but also give the sanctuary a face lift with new wall paint colors. The north and south walls have had the wainscot removed and these walls will be plastered over the exposed bricks. The steel framing on the north and south walls will be exposed but painted to match the wall colors. The next major change will be the installation of the stained-glass windows. No date on the windows yet but the work is coming along fine.
There is no set date on the project completion as of now. However, there have been few surprises which is always a good thing when working on a building over 150 years old.