Restoration Project

Emmanuel Episcopal, Northside
Restoration Project

Emmanuel Episcopal, back of the Sanctuary, Spring 2018

Water, Water, Everywhere!

Sanctuary Wall and Trim

Due to a faulty water diversion system on the roof where the main Sanctuary building meets a secondary building that was added later, the interior walls of both buildings sustained water damage along the entire seam before the source of the problem could be located and corrective measures could begin. Initially, it was thought that the roof needed new slate, or that the gutters were clogged. Both were true, but the problem was more insidious.

Source of Damage — Roof Seam between Buildings

Adding Insult to Injury

Main Floor Restroom

From the Ground Up

Damp Basement

One Thing at a Time

Loose or Missing Slate on Roof and Dormer

Phase 2 consists of removing damaged plaster and wood from all areas affected by water and termites on the interior portion of the first floor of the building, clearing the area of insects, replacing floor, wall and roof joists, drywalling, replastering and painting. This phase began on April 8, 2019 and is on-going. It turned out the floor in the office and restrooms were both unstable from water damage and had to be partially replaced.

Office Floor Rotted Through
Basement Wall

Of course, we have only covered the repairs needed from serious water damage (and termites.) The shortlist of odd jobs and needed fixes, updating, furniture, wiring, windows, railings, painting, and fire escape to the second floor, could be included in a possible Phase 4 and 5 if and when funding can be found. The building needs lots of love. ❤️

Sanctuary Outer Wall, Allegheny Ave.

If you have not seen the building, we invite you to come and see it and help us do justice to this unique and meaningful National Historic Landmark. Donations may be made by check to Emmanuel, with Restoration in the subject line and sent to:
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 957 W. North Ave. PGH, PA 15233

Emmanuel Episcopal Built in 1886, An H. H. Richardson creation.

Rebuilding the Walls

 “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”

When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. Then I said,

“O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, listen to my prayer!”
Nehemiah 1:3-5