St. Paul Church renovation inspired by God — and china


Jenny Wehde never imagined that the dishes she keeps in her china cabinet would become part of the inspiration for the newly renovated St. Paul Church in St. Paul.

St. Mark Parish moving to site of its school off Union Road

Brian Bradshaw, right, and his brother Harold Bradshaw, the owner of Hubzco Welding, worked on installing the railing by the alter in St. Mark Church on July 21. The church was the former Mary Queen of the Universe Church before the merger to form St. Mark, and will be the new home for St. Mark as the parish is reuniting church and school on one property.

St. Mark Church in south St. Louis County is on the move — literally.

The parish church and offices soon will be reunited with its school and rectory about a mile and a half away, at the former Mary Queen of the Universe Parish at 4230 Ripa Ave.

Chapel renovation is looking heavenly

Kenrick-Glennon chapel renovation

Below, craftsmen sawed boards and above, electricians worked on wiring in the attic of the St. Joseph Chapel at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury as renovation makes its way toward a late-spring completion.

The work is the final phase of the seminary renovation funded by the Faith for the Future campaign. The rest of the project at the college and graduate school of theology, which serves seminarians for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and other dioceses and religious communities, was completed in the fall of 2012. The chapel is to be consecrated on Sunday, May 3.

Carpenter at Old Cathedral thrilled at discovery

Tommy Chester, a carpenter foreman with Musick Construction working on renovation of the Basilica of St. Louis King of France, found two champagne bottles used during a ceremony marking the completion of construction work on the church long ago — one bottle broken and the other presumably consumed. The bottles, with a sheared-off top and other features, could date from 1735 to 1810, he noted.

Tommy Chester, a carpenter foreman with Musick Construction working on renovation of the Basilica of St. Louis King of France (Old Cathedral), stood at the top of the stone bell tower at the base of the steeple.

An octagon shape, the steeple protrudes into a square, leaving a space in the corners of the square. As part of his work, he had to crawl inside, knock some wood off and wedge himself in the corner to give the roof support to build scaffolding.

Chester knew no one has been in that voided area since the completion of the tower, which was right around 1834.

Old Cathedral renovation seeks to restore a treasure

Clyde Schwartz, superintendent of the restoration project at the Old Cathedral, inspected the clockface on the tower section of the building. After 180 years of weather extremes resulting in extensive damage to its exterior stonework, columns and windows, a $15 million effort will restore the architectural dignity of the oldest public building still standing in the City of St. Louis.

An extensive renovation of the Basilica of St. Louis King of France, popularly known as the Old Cathedral, is under way with scaffolding in place on the exterior to repair stonework -- just one step in a comprehensive effort to restore this treasure of the Church and city.

"There's new technologies as to how to protect the stone as well as enhance its quality, and we're taking advantage of that," said Father Richard Quirk, associate pastor of the parish.

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