Posted December 27, 2007
AMAZING BUT TRUE! IT HAS NOW BEEN JUST A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS SINCE THE START OF THE OLD ST. PATRICK RENOVATION!
It seems like the progress has been glacially slow. But, because of the lack of sufficient funds to put the project on the "fast-track", we have have had to rely on much hard work by a core of skillful and dedicated volunteers. This has been very cost-effective, but much more deliberate. It is now beginning to pay off.
The initial demolition work was done, and much of the infrastructure has been completed. The century-old flooring has been re-joisted and new sub-flooring laid. The new heating and air-conditioning has been installed and is working. A new vestibule bathroom has been plumbed and ready for completion. The stained glass windowery has been repaired and restored. Footings for the new main and side altars is virtually complete...and much more. We are now ready to begin the new painting and decoration of the entire church. The photo below shows the nave as it is today, ready for the erecting of the scaffolding for the painters in January. Projections now show that the church will be ready for re-dedication in October, 2008...less than one year away. It seems a long time, but it really isn't.
The photo below shows the location of and the concrete footings that have been prepared to support the massive weight of the new solid-marble altar.
The photo below shows the location of and the concrete footings that have been prepared to support one of the new side altars.
All-in-all, it has been a tremendous effort and soon we will be getting a glimpse of the shape of the beautifully restored Old St. Patrick Oratory.
To view previous photos, click here...