Exciting news: Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, May 13 on the repairs to our historic Upjohn bell tower. The master survey completed last year by our architect Tom Fenniman revealed that the tower requires very serious repair and restoration. Work is needed to repair the roof, replace interior woodwork, replace crumbling mortar, install new metal platforms and ladders, and in general make the tower once again as safe and sound as it is beautiful. The repairs to the tower infrastructure will enable the bells and the clock to function once again. There will also be extensive work done in the cellar to prepare that environment for the new organ installation in November; this will consist primarily of repointing and installing waterproofing around the perimeter walls and pouring a new concrete slab.
The firm that will be doing this critical work is Clemco Construction & Restoration Inc. Clemco’s president, Tom Clemmens, is very familiar with St. Philip’s since his company installed the beautiful slate roofs and copper flashing on the Church and Parish House over 15 years ago. You can see pictures of the detailed repairs made on the Church at https://www.clemco-construction.com/historic-restoration. Clemco has also replaced the roof and done extensive repairs on the Osborn Castle in Garrison as well as restored many other historic homes and churches, and the firm also builds new houses.
The congregation can expect to see scaffolding and ongoing work during the week, but services will continue as usual on Sundays. Clemco estimates that the tower and cellar work will be completed by mid-July.
The Restoration and Future Initiative Committees ask you to join them in the church immediately following the 10:30 service on Sunday, May 19 for a brief update on next steps for our church building and the status of our Future Initiative fundraising.