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All Souls Church to request additional $4,500 for building restoration

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 24, 2012 01:32 PM

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Organizers in charge of the $82,500 restoration of All Souls Church in Braintree are seeking $4,500 more from Community Preservation Funds to finish the project.

The organization initially requested the funding from Community Preservation in August to repair and replace the gutter and downspouts, re-slate the roof, repair some trim, replace roof caps where the roof joins together, and do some masonry work on the tower area.

Church members then said that the repairs were essential to keep the historic building, which is over 100 years old, in working condition for its congregation of 50 to 150 members.

The building was given a historical preservation restriction by the town in order to allow the work on the building, and construction was started in October.

Although the work is 90 percent complete, John Cobble, a member of the Church’s Building and Grounds Committee, said that engineers have also suggested putting a snow guard on the roof.

“We did go back cause the recommendation by the architect who evaluated our situation is that some extra snow guards would protect the new gutters, so we went back to the town and asked for $4,500 for the snow guards. And there are a couple of small items that haven’t been finished, because we’re waiting on the town to decide on the sow guards,” Cobble said.

The snow guards would have to be put on first before a copper cap is installed on one of the dormer’s on the roof and before sealant is put on the tower roof.

Town Councilors will vote on the additional appropriation Tuesday night. In the case that the funding is approved, Cobble expects the renovations to be finished by the end of May.

However, the church has other renovations planned that have yet to even begin.

Currently, church members have been able to fund-raise $8,000 to paint the exterior of the building.

“We’ve gotten some, but we’re in the process of raising the money for the painting. That should happen sometime maybe later this year when we have that,” Cobble said. “We’re still getting some estimates on [the price]… Hopefully, we will have a clear picture of that sometime in late May.”

Costs are expected to be in the $10,000-$11,000 range, Cobble said.

The church had initially intended to raise money for stonework for the exterior as well. But however with an additional anticipated $10,000-20,000 price tag, Cobble said the church is holding off a year or two.

Although things have yet to be totally finished, Cobble said the congregation is already excited about the improvements.

“Everybody is very happy with it,” he said. “We’re thrilled we were able to get this done.”

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