Worship

Sundays at 11 AM (10 AM July-August)
10 Parish St., Dorchester, MA 02122
617-436-0527
info@firstparishdorchester.org

Phase Three Report

Repair, restore, renew!

Phases I, II, and III are complete, including all Emergency Repairs, restoration of the Sanctuary, Accessibility Enhancements, the rebuilding, restoration, and reattachment of the Historic Steeple, and substantially all of the Exterior Repairs, with a few self-contained projects awaiting funding, such as restoration of the Historic Clockface.

 

The instructors and students at the North Bennet Street School Preservation Carpentry program are some of our biggest supporters. Three classes of students have worked on projects at FPD, learning firsthand about traditional woodworking techniques while restoring 31 windows and our beautiful 150' steeple. 

North Bennet Street Students

Steeple before              

Murphy Specialty was our other primary Phase Three contractor, and completed much of the interior and exterior upgrades which were not handled by North Bennett Street School, including several accessibility improvements - an accessible entrance ramp, a new bathroom and new seating in the sanctuary. 

Murphy Specialty finds an 1890s stamp from A. T. Stearns Lumber Co.Danny Bannon from Murphy Specialty shows off one of the historic clapboards from the A.T. Stearns Lumber Co.

Exterior Projects Still to be Accomplished

Original downspout coversThe central doors, glass transoms, and second floor windows await generous donors.

New clapboardsOriginal 1897 railings to be restored as funds allow.  

Southeast corner of the churchNortheast corner of the church. Work for future phases seen in this photo: Parish Hall windows, clock face, landscaping, and cast iron fence.

Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award

In 2014, we were honored to receive the Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award for Rehabilitation & Restoration for our work thus far.

 MHC award ceremonyPictured left to right: Doug Manley (project architect), Jillian Adams (project manager), Secretary William F. Galvin, Rev. Arthur Lavoie (former minister), Rich Friberg (NBSS instructor), and Wendall Kalsow (lead architect).