Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Before and After

The roofers are on schedule to pack up and leave on Friday. It is a relief to complete such a major part of the renovation and restoration of the Cathedral.

The old photo dates to the early 1930s. The color photo was taken this morning.
[Click on either photo to see a larger version.]

The company that installed the copper roof also refinished the finials, the white architectural pieces at the tops of the battlements. The finials are painted bright white. While they look good, the stone pieces - which were white at one time - need some attention.

The white stone was meant to be bright so it would contrast with the beige bricks. In some places, the stonework is darker than the bricks.

Thanks to the generosity of the parishioners in a recent fund drive, the Cathedral has hired a painting company to paint the exterior of the church. This will be a challenging job not because there is a lot of painting, but because nothing is easily accessible.

On of the most difficult projects will be painting the louvers. These wooden slats play an important part in keeping the rain out of the towers while allowing wind to blow through the towers. They will be painted white to match the finials and the rest of the exterior paint.

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