Are you wondering what all those brown paper
bags are on the right side of the church steps?
That was the year we had the church insulation project, done by Dave Sevigny,
Ed Sulva, John Fisher and many others.
We climbed on top of the rounded dome of the ceiling and installed a complete
layer of about 8 or 10 inches of fiberglass insulation.
17 June 2019 Begin removing the individual step
Making good progress
19 June 2019 Photo of the steps
20 June 2019 and the steps are now gone!
I asked one of the construction workers about
the holes in the stone wall. He explained that they were probably holes for
used for securing staging during the original construction of the church facade
in 1884-1885 etc.
This is the new design of the steps.
Basically they will be 16 feet wide versus the
original 64 feet wide and will be granite.
The railing will be of aluminum and the lamp
posts will be restored and reused.
Here is the side view
Here is the top view.
As you can see, the steps will be about 16 feet
wide; with an 8 foot green space on each side for grass or bushes or trees,
and there are 16 feet of open space outward
of those. All the open space and sidewalks will be new concrete I believe.
I am not the expert but I am just trying to
simplify what is actually a very complex design document, so that we non-designers
can understand it. In order to create these
3 images I removed much detailed info.
I hope that you enjoy watching this project
get completed. John
23 June 2019 We are now down to the foundations
of the church
25 June 2019 - putting in the forms for the
28 June 2019 Base foundation poured and dry
3 July 2019 Installing the forms for the
platform and steps