Preserving our building for today’s use and future generations is an extraordinary and ongoing task. Cleaning and refurbishing of the chapel’s interior wood ceiling, repair of several stained-glass windows, and restoration of the Lych gate have all been completed in recent years. Now we are embarking on the next stage of a nine-year restoration process.
The original 141-year-old slate roof is at the end of its serviceable life. The slates have weathered to the point of “softness” and the steel nails holding them have rusted so that they no longer provide much holding power. The original underlayment- asphalt felt has deteriorated to a point of ineffectiveness. If a slate falls out, the underlayment will not prevent leaks. The roof needs to be replaced.
Much time and investigation have been put into understanding the best way forward. Natural slate was determined to be the best option because it was the original material of the chapel, is considered more attractive, and is more appropriate for a historic chapel.
The cost of the roof replacement is $110,000. We have applied for a New Hampshire LCHIP grant for a portion of the cost, and we have been approved for a New Hampshire Diocesan loan of $25,000. This leaves approximately $35,000 to be raised with this capital appeal. So, we ask for your help, and we appreciate your contribution to help us meet this goal.
In order to continue making a difference in the lives of individuals and families in our communities, we strive for this capital appeal to be a success. Would you consider making a donation to this important cause? By making a tax-deductible donation for the new roof you will be directly contributing to keeping Rye’s historic summer chapel protected and safe for hopefully, at least, another 141 years.
All gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Please make your check to St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea
Memo: Capital Appeal – Roof
Please send to: St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea, PO Box 555, Rye Beach, NH 03871-0555
For more detailed information on the roof replacement details read our Q & A.