Laying the Foundation

for Restoration and Preservation Projects 

Over the years, there has not been a year when some restoration work has been done.  Since the 1960s monies have been budgeted for needed repairs and, since the 1990s, around $50,000 annually has been budgeted and spent for important restoration projects.  

In 2010 an historical architect, Max Ferro, was engaged to evaluate structural needs, and upon his recommendation we also hired a structural engineer, mechanical engineer, and an electrical engineer to inspect our buildings, evaluate, and prepare reports in their respective disciplines. 

Max’s report discusses the need for a renovation and maintenance program that will ensure the perpetual care of the building. The program recommended in his report includes four essential elements: first; the everyday maintenance, second; emergency repairs, third; planned maintenance, and fourth; is the cyclical maintenance. Each one of these elements is equally important.  He has made it clear to us that we need to have a program in place for cyclical maintenance in order to stay ahead of problems that would occur without such a program. We also shouldn’t expect to renovate the building and then expect it to be maintenance free for a number of years to come; we will still need to follow a continuous maintenance program.

Following the recommendations of all four professionals, we have moved forward with priorities and a specific plan.  For more information on these historical architecture professionals see Historical Architect, Structural Report, and Other Reports

Prior to these reports, many projects have been completed.  Between 1960 and 1999, over $400,000 was expended for maintaining the church building, and since 2000, nearly $500,000 has been put into restoration and preservation projects.  These figures do not include monies spent on the Sunday School and much on the organ.  For more details on completed projects, see Completed Projects 1960 – 1990s, Completed Projects 2000 – Presentand Future Projects Planned pages. 

 

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