Outlined in this gallery are many of the completed and in-process projects. There are some that are not so glamorous and perhaps even largely unseen but necessary to ensure the longevity of this beautiful church. Others quite visible and create a graceful church experience.
Background on the preservation efforts
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The marble statue – weighing about 700lbs – was moved outside and thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned. The detail and clarity were significantly improved. The holy water fonts on the side exits were also cleaned and resealed. Other marble pieces in the church will get the same treatment as weather and time permits.
Altar Candle Stands – 2012
The mass altar candle stands used for years were narrow and just not large enough for the size of the church. Another set, used long ago for funerals, was found in storage but were painted black. They were stripped of their black paint, disassembled and gold plated. This new yet original set is properly sized with stature worthy of our mass altar. They are quite striking today and being gold will never tarnish nor need polishing. Today they are a prominent feature of the sanctuary.
Stairs at east side exit – 2011
The granite stairs were slowly collapsing due in part to a faulty rain gutter drain system running through the inside of the stairs. Eventually the stairs were deemed unsafe for use and had to be entirely rebuilt. The stairs were completely disassembled to the ground and rebuilt with a new internal support structure but all of the original exterior granite was reused and the final look is as original. The previous drain pipe was rerouted to avoid a repeat failure in the future. Other brick damage around the church was also repaired at this time.
Steam Heating Boiler System – 2012 onward
A boiler steam heating system is still in use today. In the 1960’s it was converted to use natural gas rather the coal. There are still coal shoots visible at the back of the church. A rather complex maze of steam pipes through-out the structure along with many radiators etc are used to provide heating in the church. Among other work completed in 2012 and onward, the system received some large replacement steam piping, a digital schedule timer, water quality monitoring system, and semi-automatic chemical treatment injection. In early 2015 a new larger condensate tank and pump was added along with an automatic fresh water system. Continuous effort is required to keep this much needed, very out-of-view system in working order for the church. Its operation is not only for the comfort of visitors but to protect the church and plumbing from freezing. Much like the air-conditioning system, the heating system is largely out of view and the warmth is simply present.
Wood refinishing and carpeting – 2014
The wood flooring around the back five 5 Altars was refinished to their original state. The back hallwall near the Altars, as well as the Sacristy and Flower rooms received new carpet.
Stations of the Cross – 2011
The Stations of the Cross were not well lit and blended into the shadows somewhat unnoticed. A slight change in the lighting allowed the use of a center flood light while still providing a period feel. Wiring of the fixtures were replaced and during this time the stations were also carefully cleaned but some peeling paint was noticed. Soon after, they were restored one by one. The overall result today is much brighter and enjoyable and the ambient glow of period lights add to the detail.
Baptismal Font – 2012
A Baptismal font was originally in a Baptistry room by itself where the foyer bathroom is today. The font (made of plaster and horse hair) was refinished in 2012 to give the appearance of being made of marble and to provide continuity with the marble altar. It also received a new white bowl for holy water, a new bowl surround to finish the top, and a new lower-to-the-ground and stronger wheeled base. Today it is a sanctuary feature very appropriate to the church and normally in full view in front of Mary’s altar.
Pipe Organ – 2011 onwards
The organ with its 2200 pipes continues to be played regularly. Much restoration work such as replacement or service on the many large bellows has already been completed but there is still much more to do.
Rear of church parking area – 2012
The rear O’Malley hall entrance to the church had a gravel parking area. The area received brick pavers and nicely compliments the church. New storm drains were also added to the area.
Live Broadcast Video
The ability to watch masses and other events from your living room via the internet was created and a recording of the event can be viewed as well online. Masses, homily’s, weddings, funerals, confirmations, musical events etc can all be watched online.
Less visible projects
Among the many largely unseen projects are continuous wiring updating / safety improvements, interior west basement stair repair, sewer drain repairs in basement, and a massive amount of maintenance throughout both the church and the parish office.
Thank you for your support
The preservation of the church requires dedication and financial support. Without the gracious donations from parishioners, the work would simply not be possible. The 5-year Parish Capital Campaign has recently ended and the St. Aloysius Church Preservation Fund now takes over for the long haul. Much work is still to be completed and your help is greatly needed to see this through. Please consider giving and also consider adding the Preservation fund to your estate planning.
Thank you for your support! Peter Siposs – Restoration Engineer
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