Thursday, June 13, 2013

Insulation will keep us cool in the summer

For the first time in Holy Family Church's history, we have insulation in the attic.

The Cathedral's attic above the vaults and below the roof.
The Cathedral has about ten feet of space under the copper roof and above the vaults in the church. The attic runs the length of the Cathedral. In the summertime, that space is about twenty degrees hotter than the ambient air outside. The heat is transferred into the church and makes the air conditioners run longer.

Liquid Insulation is pumped into the attic.

The new insulation is a liquid that is pumped into the attic then sprayed on the underside of the roof. The liquid expands and hardens as it cools. This type of insulation works well for Holy Family because we will not have the pink, fluffy type of insulation resting on the vaulted ceiling.

Our insulation has fire-retardant properties that will complement our existing fire-suppression system.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Green Carpet & Marble Tiles

The new carpet is an olive green similar to the green paint on the lower walls of the nave. Installers will begin laying it this afternoon.

In the center of the church, workers are laying marble tile similar to what is in the sanctuary.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Cathedral's Red Carpet is being removed

An entire generation of Cathedral parishioners remembers nothing but the red carpet that lined the aisles of our church.

Today, carpetlayers are removing the aged carpet from the floor, chipping the glue away, and sweeping the subfloor for the first time in decades. Massgoers should see new carpet this weekend.

The Cathedral's original 1914 floor was polished hard wood. It was covered with linoleum around the time of the 1948 renovation.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New Stencils

Of all the projects make up the Renovation of the Cathedral, the stencils behind the high altars are often the most praised. They incorporate ancient Christian symbols with timeless floral designs. The initials are Chi-Rho (Greek: Christus the name of our Lord), A.M. (Latin: Ave Maria or Hail Mary) and J (many languages: Joseph). These stencils unify the bright red, blue and purple walls.

Monsignor Gier was enthusiastic to bring back the stencil artist, Tim Linenberger. He will use a series of scaffolding to apply a frieze pattern - a four-color stencil in a vine pattern adapted from the base of our stained glass windows in the nave.

While he is here, he is applying a gold-leaf treatment to the large green rondells, the plaster disks which mask the air conditioner ducts. Tim is using a similar treatment to color the capitals of the columns.