September 8 at 7:30 Francis Allard and John Leecock arrived to begin work on steeple restoration. Remember Lia Kahler’s concert “Spirit Song” on Sunday at 3 to raise funds for this project.
The riggers access the roof.
It all began with hurricane “Sandy”. The cross took a dramatic lean to the East. Before it could fall Mark Clements brought over his equipment and Roy Riley rode up to the heavens and took down the cross.
Now it is time to repair the cross and do some overdue maintenance on the upper part of the steeple (the bottom third was rebuilt four years ago). John Leecock from Palmer, Massachusetts, a partner of Frank Allard, who repaired steeples in West Tisbury and Edgartown and even, Chilmark, years ago, has been consulted about doing the work.
Contributions to the project would be most welcome: Chilmark Community Church, 9 Menemsha Crossroad. 02535.
The Saturday before Easter, a bright blue afternoon for taking down the dangling cross.
Roy Riley and Mark Clements arrived with Mark’s truck.
Roy starts the ride up.
Slowly, adjusting so he won’t knock the steeple….
With Roy down safely, Mark puts the truck to bed.
Look for the next installment: Repairing the Old Copper Cross.
Roof repairs have begun to ensure that the new sanctuary ceiling doesn’t have new water damage. The roof is 22 years old and is showing signs of wear.
Tearing off the old.
The south roof is stripped and the ice and water barrier(better than roofing paper) applied.
Stripping off the South side.
As he paints, Roy Riley has repaired what is rotten. Here’s a bit of the base of one of the columns. The trim around the base of the facade is now replaced and it’s looking almost finished. Half the windows are done. He takes the sash home to work on in the shop. Soon all the windows will open!!
The church front has been scraped, primed, and received one coat of finish paint. Another coat of finish will be applied when the temperature is warmer.
When the church was scraped the seam where the church was cut in 1910 to be moved became prominent.
It looks as if they cut off the columns at the top to move it also.
Some rotten wood was removed for repair revealing that the columns are purely decorative, not actually weight bearing at all.