Sunday, April 18, 2021

Joseph Gnazzo Company Inc. of Union, CT has been making terrific progress on Phase 2 stonework repairs. The most significant part of this phase, already completed, involved a complete dismantling and rebuilding of the northeast buttress. Removal of the exterior ashlar granite revealed a dense layer of rock and mortar underneath. Each ashlar stone was numbered and arranged in tandem along the scaffolding deck while the underside was washed and prepared for the rebuild. As one of the masons rather modestly remarked, “It’s somewhat like reassembling a jigsaw puzzle.”

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Preservation Works!

As part of the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund grant, we have a new sign gracing our front garden. Designed by Inanna Arthen and built by Joe Sackett, it declares “Preservation Works!” We acknowledge the generous funding by the Massachusetts Historic Commission and the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Scaffolding Goes Up for Phase 2

The spring thaw is in full swing and the scaffolding is out! This morning Joseph Gnazzo Company Inc. of Union, CT arrived bright and early and began assembling the complex scaffolding over the East face of the church tower. This will be in place throughout the next several weeks as they repair bulging and cracked stones, and replace many areas that are missing mortar.