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St. John’s Lutheran Church Roof Restoration Project
The St. John’s Lutheran Church Roof Restoration Project is the winner of a 2019 Preservation Design Award for Reconstruction. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. In making their decision the jury noted the parishioners’ admiral commitment to preservation, stating, “essentially, it’s a reroofing project, but it’s a really impressive one – we want to encourage people to think this way. It encourages other people to do the right thing.”
The Award will be presented on Friday, October 18, 2019 at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.
About this project
The project called for the removal of deteriorated non-original asbestos shingle roofing on this historic church and replacement of that material with metal roofing utilizing copper tiles. The choice of copper roofing – though extremely expensive – was proposed based on historic photo documentation and forensic evidence and reinstates the building’s original circa 1912 roof material and diamond patterning consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic properties.
In an era when religious institutions often capitalize upon their status as privately supported organizations with limited resources to request exemptions from preservation requirements this congregation chose not to pursue the least expensive but the most expensive preservation-appropriate expensive approach to repairing church’s roof. The church council, pastorate and congregation saw the project as not simply repairing but restoring the original 1912 roofing treatment not simply as an enduring legacy – one appropriate to the history and landmark character of the church building – as well as a durable investment in the repair and maintenance of the property that will last 100 years or more.
Photos © Bill Mahon Photography