St. Paul’s Cathedral is getting a new lease on life.
Re-roofing of the historic church at 4th Avenue and Nicola Street got underway with a degree of urgency this week, and it’s a big job, said Colleen Stainton.
“We wish to let the public know that the impact on traffic and parking will be kept to a minimum but may be slightly changed at times,” said Stainton, a member of the committee overseeing the work. “We would also ask onlookers to keep a safe distance.”
St. Paul’s was originally built in the West End in 1888, then moved in pieces to the present location in 1924.
The church is bigger than it may appear from the street, supporting a roof nine times the size of a typical home.
Stanton said the committee thought they had five years to replace the roof, but realized it had to be done immediately to prevent interior damage.
Clark Roofing Service is doing the job with a goal of completing it by the end of October.
The congregation has so far raised $42,000 toward the $85,000 cost of a new roof.