MARCH 8, 2018 — The renovation of our historic Undercroft is starting now and will last through the summer. The transformation may be temporarily inconvenient, but it’s also mighty exciting! Two years ago, it seemed a risky act of faith to begin a capital campaign.
Now in Phase II of the campaign, we are bringing back to life the space that was once the social center of our 1883 church building. The donations to this phase of the capital campaign are on the way to covering the restoration, scaled back to an estimated cost of no more than $325,000. We haven’t reached that goal yet, but if we count on pledges so far and if the momentum continues, we’ll have enough.
In addition, parish leadership is applying to two foundations for funding, one aimed at making the space available for community-building around the Presiding Bishop’s theme of “Pursuing the Blessed Community” and the other as a project of historic Episcopal church preservation.
The work will begin Monday, March 12, with a week of asbestos removal. Then demolition will take another three weeks. Construction by Lexington-based Phoenix Construction (Pat Hennis, owner) is expected to last through the summer. The parking lot will be closed for the work. Please leave open the few on-street parking spaces that will be temporarily added for church staff.
When the work is finished, the Undercroft and adjoining community room behind the red door will reclaim ground-level space for our choir, altar and flower guilds, and church and community meetings. It will be an attractive, clean, comfortable, and useful place that retains key architectural features that are historically significant.
Capital Campaign and Property Committee volunteers are your contacts should you have questions, suggestions, or concerns during the project. We are all looking to the future as we navigate the present with God’s guidance and collective patience.
Special thanks to John Dickerson, Gordon Woodcock, Steve Shultis, the Altar Guild, the Flower Guild, Sharon Massie and James Keane for their help in relocating and making temporary spaces for everyone affected by the construction.