Preservation is defined as the act or process of sustaining the materials, form, and integrity of a historic property. Measures are taken to protect and in some cases repair materials before they are replaced in either an old or new structure.
The first step in a preservation project is research and review. Due diligence allows us to determine if the entire building is to be preserved, or if it is necessary to preserve select elements to be utilized in a new building.
Once the elements to be preserved are identified, the condition of these historic features are evaluated to determine the appropriate level of intervention needed. If the severity of deterioration requires major repairs, it is important that the new material matches the old in composition, design, color, and texture.
THE CHALLENGE: PRESERVATION OF HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT FEATURES IN A NEW BUILDING
THE CLIENT: Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Sacred Heart Church needed a bigger facility to handle their growing congregation. The church was also one of the oldest, if not the oldest, in the community. The safety features were outdated and the structure unstable and needed to be razed. When the Arthur Funk Team visited the church, they noted the historical structures and distinctive materials that characterized the property, and drew plans that utilized these items. Many of the distinctive features—antique stained glass, heavy oak doors and the hardware, statuary, even the sentimental features such as the church bell and cornerstones from the previous two structures became part of the architectural plan. Care was taken to remove, refurbish and restore these items while the construction of the new building occurred.
THE RESULT: A beautiful new building that is a larger reflection of the historical beauty of the original church and ready for an expanding congregation.