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  Emmanuel Church Restoration

Boston, Massachusetts
2005 Significant Renovation/Restoration Award, Boston Preservation Alliance

Emmanuel Church was one of the first churches erected in the new landfill of Boston's Back Bay in 1861. The church is an important part of the streetscape, and a contributing structure to the Back Bay National Register Historic District. Following years of deferred maintenance and disrepair, leaking roofs and deteriorated masonry joints were causing severe structural and interior damage. In 2003, McGinley Kalsow & Associates was commissioned to design extensive exterior repairs. Major structural repairs were made to stabilize the south gable wall. Missing and broken roof slate was replaced, and worn and leaking original copper flashings and roof elements were replaced. New snow guards were installed to deter future damage to roofs. The Roxbury Puddingstone exterior was cleaned and repointed, and in some areas, was rebuilt. Several missing and deteriorated decorative sandstone elements were replaced with newly carved sandstone pieces matching the original. Deteriorated wood window frames and sashes were repaired and painted. With the successful completion of restoration in 2004, Emmanuel Church continues to remain a historically prominent feature of Boston's Back Bay and allows its congregation to continue its important ministry of community outreach and cultural programs from this significant historical edifice.


 
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