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.
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.
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
The central doors, glass transoms, and second floor windows await generous donors.
Original 1897 railings to be restored as funds allow.
Northeast 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.
Pictured 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).