RUSTING PIPES & AGING BOILERS.
BASEMENT HAS HIGH MOISTURE ALL YEAR ROUND.
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The three phases of the St. Joseph Catholic Church
"Maintaining the Dream; Our Window to the Future."
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CRACKS LOCATIONS ON THE CHURCH
SEVERE BOWING OUTWARD AT THE YELLOW BAND
Capital Campaign 2017
VISIBLE CRACKS ON
Maintain the exterior of the Church
estimated cost - $55,000.00
In 2010, after the “St. Joseph Dream” campaign, it was made crystal clear by Quality Masonry Company (QMC) that this was not the end of the needed maintenance - no product or company can offer that. St. Joseph Church is made of soft (not kiln-fired) brick (1888), with a masonry “stucco” called Perma-Stone (1930s) applied over that. The intrusion of water and the subsequent freeze/thaw makes the bond between these two dissimilar materials prone to failure, so waterproofing is essential to the long term care of our beloved church building.
In 2017, as per the original recommendation of QMC, and due to observed cracks and changes in the color of the coating, the St. Joseph Building & Maintenance Committee asked QMC to reinspect our church and to offer a solution. In that inspection, they offered a proposal dated 8/3/17 with a sum total of $55,000.00.
Restore stain glass windows & new storms
estimated cost - $150,000.00
St. Joseph would finish what they strived to do in the 2009 capital campaign.
• Five Nave units with storms
• Two Narthex and 2 loft units with storms
• Remaining 9 tower units without storms
The windows have missing panes, visible cracks, mismatched glass colors and SEVERE bowing.
Windows have been missing painted images for decades. Many windows show a gap between the stained glass and the lead caming.
Six windows just below the louvers and the bell do not have storm windows and have taken a weather beating for 125 years!
Upgrade the Parish heating system
estimated cost - $50,000.00
St. Joseph has two boilers that heat the church and two that heat the North school building. One boiler (school) was replaced about three years ago, the other three boilers are nearly 15 years old. They are all rusting in the damp church basement. New parts for the three boilers are getting scarce.
The funds from Phase 3 will be used to upgrade the parish heating system.