You have probably noticed that something major is going on along the
Baltimore Ave side of the building! Hyou should have all received a memo
about this in late September. I'm writing to remind you of the details, and
tell you a bit about what is going to happen.
After years of research and fundraising, we have begun working on repairing
the "gables"of the sanctuary the section that arches above each of the
stained glass windows and joins the two slopes of the roof. If you stand on
the outside of the building close to the wall on either side and look
straight up, you will see clearly that the gables are tilting slightly
outward. You can especially see this now if you stand down the street on
Baltimore and use the scaffolding as a plumbline.
This has been a problem for years. While it is not an imminant danger, it is
a major structural problem. With the help of many skilled and committed
communitiy members, the CCCC board has gathered enough information and money
to start to repair one of them.
You will definitely notice this construction job! The contractors will be
literally taking apart the problematic part of the gable and rebuilding them
with steel rod supports. It will be quite a startling process to witness!
Please help us by talking with community members who may be startled by this
as well. We also want people to know and understand that this is a necessary
repair for the long-term maintenance of the building. Sometimes people
associate architectural rennovation with a luxury, and that is often an
accurate association but in this case, it is not so.
Important: Several folks have expressed interest in working on a communitiy
fundraiser to gather money for the second gable we are tentatively
thinking of this for sometime in January or February. If you can help,
please reply to this email. Another wonderful way to help would be to
forward a version of this note to your email list, or even better send a
hard-copy mailing to your constituents.
Please be in touch to talk about any of these fundraising options or if you
ahve questions or concerns about the construction process.