Historic Renovations

I’m continually amazed by the revelations going on over at the Church. The floors are in amazing condition, and the refinishers even commented that some parts look as good as new. That’s not bad when you’re talking 1920’s heart pine.

floor project
Pardon my iPhone photos.

I try, I tell you.

You can see here where there was an original platform built which came out to the line in the flooring. Upon that sat the platform which held the altar. But with that platform, you’d have had 4 steps, and an odd number is historically more accurate because you want to lead with your right foot, and enter the top level with your right foot.

It’s an ancient tradition. So we didn’t put that part back in, just the three steps. Besides, we don’t want anyone tripping over a platform as they cross the sanctuary.

floors in the confessional

These are some of the floors which are like new. Originally the baptistry, it’s now the confessional.

When you’re doing a historic renovation, it’s possible to apply for a historic tax credit. Which, because we actually do pay taxes, comes off of some of the other expenses.

Bob Rigali here is taking some measurements. His grandfather or great-grandfather did much of the original furnishing in the church, and luckily we figured out who they were and they came right on down to help out.

To qualify for a historic tax credit, your project has to be within a certain range of expense for the credit to make it worth anyone’s while. Because we’re in a historic district, we qualify to apply. So – can we bundle some things together over a five-year range and make it worth the while?

We’ll soon see.

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