Press on Preservation

Last week, PTF was featured in two more articles, these ones about developments at the Abyssinian.  The DownEast article focuses on the social history of the building as well as the people responsible for its restoration.  It contains some of my favorite stories about the building, including its origin story, and how it was saved…

Sill Crazy After All These Years

We’ve begun work on the Abyssinian Meetinghouse again.  Last week, archaeologists dug test pits in the basement and driveway, while we worked on cutting a new front sill.  After years of damage, no part of the original front sill could be saved. Click on the photos below for a complete description.

Friezing to Avoid Freezing

Over the last month, our Damariscotta crew has been busy.  We completed the frieze, fascia, crown and bed moldings.  We helped to install the clock, assembling the clock faces and carefully attuning the clapper and its mechanisms to the bell.  Lastly, we cleaned up and hauled out, leaving the site a real sight.  Click on…

Coverage

We’re building the roof that will link the belfry and clock tower, while the local media is covering the crane day, and the steeple’s connection to the community. Christine Parrish of The Free Press wrote one of the best articles I’ve read, she really focuses on the joinery and construction history: Shawn Perry, of Preservation…

Crane Day Tomorrow, Big Ups!

The crane arrived today.  Tomorrow, it will lift the new belfry, bell and spire onto the clock tower .  Keeley, the crane operators, will be using the same crane and lifting from the back parking lot again, with a lot more weight in the trunk. As the spire has been rigged since last week (we…