My father-in-law, an experienced skipper of many years, is used to complain that owning a boat equals owning a hole in the ocean: You dump money into it, but most of the time you donâ€™t see where it goes.
To some degree, this holds true with the new roof on our Church House as well. There is no scaffolding, there is no dramatic improvement of the overall outside appearance of the building, and even the amount of workers or cars in the driveway is limited. For an estimated cost of $81,000, this is not much to see. Roofing is apparently not a very showy trade.
However, after having made these remarks, there is now some excitement, regardless. As the work proceeded, our architect Margaret Westfield brought to our attention that the little tower above the Church House is in a potentially unstable condition. Pending the advice of the structural engineer, Consistory decided to follow Margaretâ€™s advice and authorized the installation of protective scaffolding. However, after the engineerâ€™s visit, these plans changed for a less expensive variant. Instead of protective scaffolding the affected wall of the tower will be shored up.
If you, dear reader, are of the curious sort, a little climb onto the third floor of the Wolfson Parking Deck across the street may come in handy. This is where I took the accompanying picture. The mighty base of our steeple provides a nice backdrop, doesnâ€™t it? And then you see the chimney of the Church House, already newly rebuilt as part of the current project. In the foreground, you have the tools and materials of Masonry Preservation Group, the company contracted by our architect, Margaret Westfield. We are grateful for their work, and for Margaretâ€™s guidance and encouragement.