Before And After

Before, it looked like a landscaped side of a school gym, which is what is was built for:

The outside cross, if you can see it, left, was a later addition, I think.

The major construction is complete, and a drone’s eye view:

I’ll comment that the new shingles make the weatherworn bits on the north, west, and south sides look not so well by comparison. We were fortunate to scrape together the resources to bring the project to completion. If we had delayed another year, it likely would have been dead in the virus.

People seem happy that the church “looks like a church.” I hope we can keep the mission going and get the people looking like the Church too.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Before And After

  1. Liam says:

    Coming from The Land of Shingles – Eastern White Cedar Edition – I can reassure you that it’s actually not that unusual to encounter an older building with new shingling having been done on one or more sides, depending on weathering exposures (northern and eastern-facing sides get more wind and moisture-related damage, southern and western-facing sides get more solar-related damage) – the nature of eastern white cedar as a shingle and clapboard material is that it lasts for generations but does not weather evenly in all exposures so that you don’t have to replace it on all sides at once. A form of frugality over the long term. It’s a wonderful material, though, especially if you consider the oldest buildings were often built as a variation on ships, just upside down and with window and chimneys.

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