Over the past few years we have been working to improve the church building and grounds, inside and out. In November of 2017, a torrential rain storm caught the area by surprise, and especially the church, as the ceilings gave way to water that found its way inside and collected above the ceilings. Multiple areas were damaged, including the sanctuary where part of the ceiling collapsed. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Despite having the roof inspected twice a year, the damage was done. The church’s insurance did not cover the cost of the repairs to the roof or to the interior. Patches have been made to the roof to buy some time, skylights replaced, and the interior has had the ceiling tiles removed that are no longer able to be matched and replaced with drywall. The roofs, fascia, and gutters of the church need replacing, and multiple interior areas need other work as well that were damaged and need updating. To add to the problem, the shingles used on the A-frame over the sanctuary also contain asbestos. In the meantime, the tile roof over the 1923 Spanish-style building is now failing rapidly and water is getting into this structure causing interior and exterior damage.
We have set a goal to raise $200,000. These funds will include full roof replacement of Meno Trope Hall (1923 Spanish tile roof), a special coating over the A-frame sanctuary roof (1956 asbestos shingles) to preserve and give new life to the roof for another 50 years, repair to and re-stuccoing of the exterior on both buildings, and replacement of all facia and gutters. These measures will help keep the building watertight for many years to come. Unfortunately, there is also damage within the building that will need to be addressed that these funds will not cover.
Preservation Utah recently shared an article to help spread awareness of the history of the church and specifically, Meno Trope Hall. The article shares some wonderful history and photos of this iconic downtown structure.
The church needs your financial help in a big way. We are asking our current members, our former members, and our community to assist in this task. We are currently accepting donations towards this cause. Thank you so much. Please spread the word for us too.
Or you may mail your donations to:
Provo Community Congregational UCC
attn: BUILDING AND ROOF RESTORATION FUND
PO Box 132
Provo, Utah 84603