As stewards of this historic building, we are constantly working to maintain both historical and structural elements. Like the owners of any building, there's always something that needs fixing.
The Bell Tower project, completed in 2006, required professionals from numerous fields - contractors, architects, preservationists, etc. and was conducted in coordination with and support from the City. The City owns the clock and bell. By coordinating closely we were able to utilize the staging in place for the tower project to facilitate the restoration of the clock faces and replacement of the bell which was cracked.
The bell tower restoration work was part of a long range program for building restoration begun by the congregation in the mid-1990’s. Major work was done in 1999 and 2000 to install 16 new steel trusses to rebuild the roof structure, install a new slate roof, and restore the interior of the main sanctuary, including its magnificent coffered plaster ceiling. Total costs for work done at that time were $1.7 million. In 2001, the church sold 11 pieces of historic silver to pay off loans needed to finance the project beyond available church and grant funds.
Work in more recent years has also included landscaping, rainwater drainage, a new concrete floor in the downstairs dining room, a new Heating Boiler for the church, and kitchen and class room improvements, and we have recently added elegant wrought-iron hand-rails to our front steps to enhance access to our church. Future work includes window restoration for the Parish Hall addition and full handicap accessibility.
Most recently, we have completed an extensive project to make our church fully accessible to people of all abilities, including the additional of an elevator and ADA-accessible restroom. This was a project completed in conjunction with the City of Quincy.
While we are a National Historic Landmark, we do not accept Federal Funds to maintain this building. All preservation and restoration funds are raised by United First Parish Church.
Donations to help us restore and preserve this historic building are most welcome.
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