In the two photos below, you see the choir loft. During our 1998 renovation, not only was the church entirely scaffold for a complete re-plastering, repainting and redecorating, we also expanded the choir loft by extending it forward.
We did all of this without missing a single Sunday Mass in the Church for the six months it took to do all of this.
Even more fascinating is that in order to expand the choir loft (which was an extremely small space) we had to slice the facade of the choir loft away from the wall, bring it forward about 20 feet and place it on scaffolding so that the addition to the floor could be made. Thus the facade of the choir loft, detached from the wall hanged over those coming and going from the church which has only one entrance and exit!
By the grace of God and everyone's Guardian Angel, no one was injured or killed!
Did they have to add the supports to keep the extension up?
I guess additional room was needed and adequate safeguards were put in place to mitigate risk.
FRMJK, if you look at the photo toward the loft, you will seen two columns supporting the choir loft, those were added for the addition which go through the floor to the crawl spaced and anchored in the ground there (where they found a human bone, which may be a place where some were buried since the new church was adjacent to the old church (which looked like Saint Annne’s chapel.)
I meant to include in the original post a word about the main columns in the church. These are pressed iron cast—very unusual but quite beautiful.
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