(& CHOIR LOFT)
removed & in storage in VT awaiting restoration by Russell
ranks of reed pipes are in Connecticut being cleaned and refurbished
and revoiced/regulated. The wind pressure is being increased for
the pedal 16' Bombarde while we're at it (the original voicing
had been weak)
have been approved for relocating the console back to the pre-1964
position in the center of the balcony, and the choir would be
situated around it accordingly. All are happy about this
placement of the divisions within the chamber will be modified
slightly to accommodate re-absorption of the positiv division
back behind the facade
high-pressure blower (formerly in the attic area, completely destroyed)
will be re-loacted into the chamber area and replaced with a new
silent blower. The main blower will also be re located within
the chamber area after much discussion and many proposals. Its
original home in the basement has been superseded by new rest
rooms. A little "closet" is being built for the blowers
and other equipment, at the top of the State Street side balcony
level of the stair landing.
digital voices will be introduced to augment and strengthen the
pedal division resources (we have heard these at 1st B and other
places, and they are really excellent, and certainly maintenance,
tuning, and space savers!)
console and chests will be completely re-wired; the unit and coupler
switches must be replaced, so we're taking this opportunity to
switch to digital switching, which will allow for a remote keyboard
in the front at a later date (controlled via MIDI protocol). Most
all of the chests will be built from scratch, still of the Pitman
lighting has been planned for the choir loft area, with a sigh
of relief from the eye-strained choir members. We're aiming for
50 foot-candles of brightness at human music-height.
repairs are completed, and the (original) copper roof repairs
were completed in April 2001.
new clock mechanism will replace the old mechanical one. The new
one will be microprocessor controlled and will not need to be
re-set for daylight time or power outtages.
bell will remain, and will be made operable again.
new lighting strategy has been implemented for the steeple. With
lower power consumption, it is much brighter and more impressive,
especially with the fresh white paint.
wood restoration was performed on various parts of the external
steeple trim and architectural elements. They really took good
care to restore it historically.
pews and old oak flooring were removed and scaffolding in place
(see photos). Subsequently the subflooring was removed due to
the (plaster lathe) ceiling (which survived all the water seeping
through it) was sealed and painted, the insurance company discovered
mold growing in the walls and woodwork. The sanctuary was sealed
off and a negative air pressure system was installed to prevent
the biohazards from reaching the rest of the church. After many
meetings and re-analysis, they now have a plan to leave the plaster
in place and remove all the rock wool insulation via many different
methods (depending on which wall and ceiling area). If all the
plaster would have had to have been removed, the delay would have
been 6 months; at present the belief is 1-2 months' delay. The
mold mitigation portion was completed on schedule in June, 2001.
However, bacteria was then found in the organ chamber area.
treatment improvements: The side aisle carpet will not be reinstalled;
pew cushions will have an extra 1/4" layer of special sound-reflective
material sandwiched in between the outer material and the foam
innards; and a carefully selected paint has been chosen to maximize
acoustic reflection (yet no sheen or gloss visually)
mitigation is complete, and steps have been taken to keep the
area from being re-infected. The area is almost completely gutted
(see images), and ready for new walls to be erected.
began in April, 2002
better-and-stronger restoration fundraising campaign was kicked
off at the annual meeting in January 2001. This will fund the improvements
and changes to the church above the fire restoration insurance coverage
current donations and pledges to the fund now exceed $1M, which
is over the 850K goal. Many thanks to all who have contributed.