If you’ve ever visited the Abbey, you’ve seen the marred marble floors and falling plaster ceilings. The leaking tile roof has allowed rain to stream down the marble walls, forming pools of water in the foyer. Early signs of stalagtite and stalagmite formation are evident. Eventually the water seeped through to the first floor, causing the plaster ceilings to fail. Pretty sad. We knew it had to be a priority on our list of repairs.
In the spring GLAPA applied for a Certified Local Government Grant which provides federal dollars for local projects administered through the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. We were awarded a grant to cover 2/3’s of the cost of the red tile roof repair. It was up to us to find the remaining dollars. Luckily the Columbus Foundation also appreciates historic properties and generously awarded GLAPA a grant to cover the matching 1/3 along with additional funding for creation of a business/marketing/site plan (more about that later).
With the help from Tom Matheny of the architectural firm of Schooley-Caldwell, the documents were prepared and the project put out to bid this summer. Qualified bidders needed to demonstrate past experience working on historic properties with US Department of the Interior National Park Service Standards. These Standards ensure a high quality installation while preserving the historic nature of the property.
The successful bidder was Phinney Industrial Roofing. Mike DeCrane from Phinney stated the roof was in very poor condition. New plywood, water barrier and quite a bit of new red tile was required. Old rusting nails were replaced with barbed stainless steel nails which will ensure a tight, wind resistant roof. The inspection of the final work showed excellent quality and workmanship. Mike said we aren’t quite out of the woods yet. While the tile roof is secure now, the existing flat roof has improperly installed termination bars and a few minor repairs still needed. In addition, mortar repair on the side walls needs done.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed their time or financial assistance to this project including:
- Tom Matheny and Schooley-Caldwell Associates for donating the time and expertise in bid preparation and project management.
- The Ohio Historic Preservation Office, National Park Service and the Columbus Foundation for providing financing.
- Phinney Industrial Roofing for going the extra miles for a quality installation.
- And our own president, Kate Matheny, for the countless hours she spent writing the grants and coordinating the project.