Church Renovation
The “church,” built in 1967, was originally intended to be the parish hall. The interior was divided in two by a massive central soffit.
You can see the framing for the new organ chamber on the left, and the complementary open server area on the right.
The soffit was removed, making the space feel a lot bigger!
Here is a view at night while parishioners were cleaning. We were able to open the church for worship on the weekend of May 23, 2020, even though there were a number of loose ends to tie up. The next step is the sanctuary floor.
Another picture.
The organ console and pipes have been installed.
In the summer of 2020, St. Edwin received a grant from the Catholic Foundation to install a sanctuary floor. Jim Lardner of New Mexico Travertine in Belen donated Windsor Select limestone to us. We are blessed!
Our church renovation was sparked by the offer of a Wicks Organ, Op. 1210, circa 1934, featuring 438 pipes plus Degan chimes. It was restored by a retired electrical engineer, Richard Reiff. His charming wife, Dianne, told him that if he died and the organ was still in their shop, she would be mad. The instrument requires its own chamber to moderate the sound, for which we stepped up our efforts during the pandemic suspension of church services to renovate. Below is some of the work:
Because we need a little Christmas...
With these last pictures we complete phase one of our church renovation. The sanctuary walls are constructed, the organ installed, and the floor is in place. What should we do next? There are already plans for weavings from our sheep’s wool to be hung on the big open west wall which you can see to the left. Maybe we will find an amazing santero to craft us an altar screen reredo bursting with color. We’ll see what the parishioners would like to do!
Renovation
Our church renovation was sparked by the offer of a Wicks Organ, Op. 1210, circa 1934, featuring 438 pipes plus Degan chimes. It was restored by a retired electrical engineer, Richard Reiff. His charming wife, Dianne, told him that if he died and the organ was still in their shop, she would be mad. The instrument requires its own chamber to moderate the sound, for which we stepped up our efforts during the pandemic suspension of church services to renovate. Below is some of the work:
The “church,” built in 1967, was originally intended to be the parish hall. It featured a massive central soffit dividing the interior space into two sections.
You can see the framing for the new organ chamber on the left, and the complementary open server area on the right.
The soffit is being removed, making the space feel a lot bigger!
Here is a view at night while parishioners were cleaning. We were able to open the church for worship on the weekend of May 23, 2020, even though there were a number of loose ends to tie up. The next step is the sanctuary floor.
The organ console and pipes have been installed.
In the summer of 2020, St. Edwin received a grant from the Catholic Foundation to install a sanctuary floor. Jim Lardner of New Mexico Travertine in Belen donated Windsor Select limestone to us. We are blessed!
Because we need a little Christmas...
With these last pictures we complete phase one of our church renovation. The sanctuary walls are constructed, the organ installed, and the floor is in place. What should we do next? There are already plans for weavings from our sheep’s wool to be hung on the big open west wall which you can see above to the left. Maybe we will find an amazing santero to craft us an altar screen reredo bursting with color. We’ll see what the parishioners would like to do!