Steeple repaired, scraped and painted. No leaks! Cross gilded and reattached to top of spire with new bracket. Below are photographs of the cross being replaced.
New base of cross.
Steeple repaired, scraped and painted. New wood on bell chamber and roof at base sealed. Cross repaired and new bracket constructed to replace it on top of steeple. Lightning rod attached.
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.
Frank shows John the cross. They will take it home with them for repairs.
Francis Allard measures for new bracket for cross.
John Kevin Leecock continues scraping after initial power wash.
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.
THE STEEPLE CROSS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY
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.
THE STEEPLE CROSS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY
Roy Riley and Mark Clements arrived with Mark’s truck.
Mark had to tell Roy how to operate the boom.
Roy starts the ride up.
Slowly, adjusting so he won’t knock the steeple….
He reaches the top.. The cross is loose enough to pull off.
The ride down begins. He can see water in every direction. Can he remember which knob controls which part of the boom?
With Roy down safely, Mark puts the truck to bed.
Mark Clements on his truck. THANK YOU, MARK!
Look for the next installment: Repairing the Old Copper Cross.
The old door was rotted.
Painting the new one, being sure that the bottom is sealed.
Here’s a photo of the heat exchange on the old furnace that had to be replaced.
Brennan and Co. installed the new one.
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.
Description: “Strip off all old shingles down to roof “sheathing”; apply Ice and water barrier over entire roof area, apply 8 inch white aluminum drip edge along all fascia.
Use Lifetime architectural shingles applied to manufacturer’s specifications.
Total roof area :2800 square feet.
All demo material loaded into dumpster, which will be provided by Church.
Workmanship guaranteed for two years unless manufacturer warranty takes precedence.
Total labor cost $6160
Estimated material cost $5800
Estimated dumpster cost $800
Stripping off the South side.
Repair to base of column.
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.
Look at line about 6 inches below the capital.
Some rotten wood was removed for repair revealing that the columns are purely decorative, not actually weight bearing at all.