Saturday, December 26, 2009

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES PART 2

After a lot of research, I realized that the reason I had difficulty posting the tours I had recorded was a limitation on the size of each video. Now, after going back to the church I have broken down the tour into 2 videos showing the outside and one showing the main Nave. The first video begins in front of SPX School and shows the renovation that was completed over the summer including stone and brick work which replicates the look of our new church. In addition new windows were installed and the building painted giving it a new look that will give our campus a unified look. This video ends at the Bell Tower and Columbarium and our new front entrance.

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The second part of the outside tour begins at the Bell Tower and ends with a view of the cloister from the back parking lot.

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The last video was taken from the future location of our altar and gives a panoramic view of the Nave.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

WHAT A DIFFENCE A YEAR MAKES

It's hard to believe it has been less than a year since the wrecking ball arrived on North Elm Street to begin demolition of our former church and office building. That's correct. It was December 29, 2008 when many of you lined Elm Street to watch the beginning of this journey to "MAKE A PLACE AT THE TABLE"

As the year comes to an end I thought I'd post a video from early 2009. I was a novice at blogging when all this began. In fact I didn't even know how to use the video on my camera. Guess it has to do with being in my 60s. In any case, I took a video of part of the grading and removal of trees. This first video is special because it captures one of the oaks that has been used to create the cross over our altar. Watch carefully as you can tell that trees don't always go where they should. I was standing at the Columbarium, just far enough away. The video is just over a minute, but be assured you want to watch until the end. Sorry about the quality but this was my first effort. I'm glad I took it.

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I've been trying all day to post 4 more videos but have only been able to get one to download. Therefore, I'm breaking this video into 2 parts.

This is a walking tours through the church showing the status as we end the year without all the noise of the workers. It was taken on December 26th and begins at the entrance to the Day Chapel.

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I have taken 3 additional videos which I hope to post later today as the second part.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 19, 2009

SNOW

A FEW IMAGES TAKEN TODAY OF FRIDAY'S SNOWFALL!





Wednesday, December 16, 2009

THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS

It's Wednesday, December 16th and I decided to take my camera and visit our future home. As I arrived there weren't a large number of workers around, BUT the work being performed is making a difference. Not only did I find some video worth taking, I found some wonderful opportunities to photograph the sun coming in through the upper windows. Even with all the work taking place, you can begin to see the how light will affect our church during different times of day. The other photograph shows workers from Statesville Stain Glass installing the frames and protective glass.


The first video was taking showing the work being performed by the brick masons as they top off the last columns of the cloister. This will enable the remainder of the framing to be installed as well on the roofing.
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The second video shows the frames and protective glass being installed on the remaining windows along the Elm Street Frontage. If all goes well, all the frames and protective glass along the north wall will be in place this week.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

LATEST VIDEO TOURS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

After several weeks with no new posts, I've added three new videos. The first one shows work taking place on the cloister as the brick columns gets closer to completion while work on the roof and framing continues.

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The second video shows our stone masons hard at work in the Narthex installing the base around the columns which support the sky light.

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The third and final video shows work taking place in the Day Chapel. Workers are painting the side walls as you can see more work that has been completed on the stone and brick wall.

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In addition to the videos, I've attached photos of the outside north wall which has been completed except for installation of windows which will begin this week. Also shown is the updated progress on the inside north wall as it nears completion, tile being installed in the bathrooms, and work on the cloister.