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  Gate of Heaven Church receives multiple Preservation Awards

May, 2007: The Gate of Heaven Church in South Boston received 2007 Preservation Awards from the Boston Preservation Alliance and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. BPA’s president Susan Park presented the Significant Renovation/Restoration, Preserving Boston’s Architectural Heritage Award in a ceremony on May 3 at the old Filene’s building. Secretary of State Francis Galvin presented the MHC Preservation Award  on May 31st in a special ceremony at the Massachusetts Archives. McGinley Kalsow & Associate designed the renovation/restoration of this magnificent 1912 Gothic Revival church designed by Boston Architect P.W. Ford. The church is the largest in South Boston and one of the most elaborate houses of worship in the Boston Area.
 
Extensive restoration were needed in the building after years of disrepair. The parishioners, with the support of the Archdiocese, raised the money to restore the building’s original features. The project involved exterior and interior work which restored much of the original architecture and the stained glass windows. Plumbing and heating systems were renovated and a handicapped entrance build. The interior of the church was painted in the original colors restoring the building to its former splendor.
 
     
           
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