November 10, 2010 Getting a little bit closer to heaven?
Scaffolding pinned up against the exteriors of buildings is a pretty common sight around Boston, but on the inside? Sometimes that?s what it takes to get a close look at high-up architectural features inside soaring interior spaces like those found in many houses of worship.
Architect Clay Palazzo and his team from JGWA have completed a thorough survey of the exterior of the building, checking the massive granite walls for areas in need of repointing, inspecting the slate roof, gutters, and flashing, and paying particular attention to the condition of the building?s windows. While most of the traceried window openings hold striking orange-red, diamond-shaped ?cathedral glass? (which was meant to be temporary until funds were raised to install permanent figural stained glass), there are several windows by notable American craftsmen, such as Harry Eldridge Goodhue (Bertram?s brother) and Charles Connick, not to mention a rare American example of a window by Christopher Whall, the foremost English Arts and Crafts Movement glassmaker of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Interested in learning more about the preservation of historic churches and how you might be able to preserve significant features in your historic house of worship? Join the Boston Preservation Alliance for a workshop on the preservation of Religious Properties for Boston congregations with historic buildings on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Roxbury Presbyterian Church from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. Designed to help congregations and their leadership with stewardship of their historic religious buildings, this workshop provides guidance on assessments, prioritization of repairs and restoration, building management and fundraising. For registration, details and directions, click here.