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New Bedford, Massachusetts

Tower Restoration

We are pleased to share the great news that Grace Church has been selected to receive the Sarah R. Delano Preservation Award for the restoration of our building. This prestigious award is presented annually “…to individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the rehabilitation, restoration, and interpretation of the historic character and environment of Greater New Bedford.”

This award is shared with every member of the Parish Family, without whom the work would not have been possible. We are grateful and humbled that our faithful stewardship of Grace should be recognized.


















On June 19th, 2016, the Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Massachusetts, joined us for the consecration of the stone pinnacles which will be placed on the restored steeple.






steeple2016-05-29Work on restoring the tower was halted for the winter at the end of 2015, and resumed in the spring of 2016.  Here is the tower without the steeple, May 29th, 2016.












rectorsatsteepleThursday, October 6th, 2016, the wood framework of the restored steeple arrived for installation.  The Rector, the Rev. Christopher R. Morck, was joined by former Rector, the Rev. G. Kenneth Garrett, for this occasion.












steepleframeworkupA year’s storage warped the wood, and installation was not completed until Friday, October 7th.














steeple2016-10-13Staging was then built up to allow work to continue, insulating and covering the steeple with slate.  This photograph was taken on October 13th, 2016.













steeplecrossdownOn Wednesday, November 16th, the gilded iron cross was installed at the top of the steeple.  Here is the Rector, the Rev. Christopher R. Morck, with Junior Warden Charles Capizano and former Senior Warden Paula Cabral as the cross is about to be lifted into place.

See also the link to the gallery of photos taken by Standard-Times photographer Peter Pereira, under News / Grace in the News.







steeplecrossupThe cross can be seen glinting in the sunlight in this shot.
















Wednesday, December 7th:  The crane is back for the removal of the scaffolding, which should be complete by the weekend.  Aptly, the third Sunday in Advent is also called Gaudete, “Rejoice!”.













Wednesday December 21st: As the scaffolding continues to come down, the pinnacles have been revealed.  A fitting celebration of the solstice, and the feast day of doubting Thomas!
















Front view, Christmas Day, 2016:














January 2017: Happy New Year!










Here is a link to the gallery of photos updated weekly by Ricky Goulet:

Click here to view gallery.