When we purchased the chapel in 2012, we were thrilled at the prospect of being located in the heart of downtown Franklin. With all its quaintness and quirks, we fell in love with the chapel. It’s architectural beauty and its storied history was certainly part of the charm and attraction. More importantly, however, was the incredible blessing to occupy a prominent corner of downtown for the heralding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And what a tremendous blessing the last six years have been.
When we purchased the chapel, we also knew that maintenance on such an old building would be a continual need. From roof leaks and plaster repairs to replacing fascia boards and foundation supports, we strive to stay on top of the growing number of maintenance needs.
In the weeks and months to come, there are a number of repairs and upgrades that are going to take place on the building. I want to take a minute to make you aware of a few of the most significant ones.
First, through the designated contributions from a number of you, this past year we repaired the four stained glass windows facing Church Street. As a second phase in the project, the large stained glass window in the back of the chapel and all the windows in the narthex will be removed in the next couple of weeks for full restoration.
Secondly, in addition to the stained glass, we are also making preparations to do a significant landscape redesign and upgrade. Next week in service Joe Haworth is going to give a report from the landscape team, informing you on the hopes and dreams for making the Cornerstone grounds beautiful and serviceable. Stay tuned on that.
Thirdly, the chapel lighting is old and needs either to be upgraded or for additional lighting to be added. A lighting technician has come in to evaluate the situation. We are in the process of considering various options for increasing the lighting in the sanctuary in order to enhance visibility and to set a pleasing worshipful atmosphere.
Finally, as we reported the end of last year, the Franklin Fire Marshall’s office required Biscuit Love (next door) and us to put in a sprinkler system. The underground work to tie into the city’s water was finished late last year. We are pursuing final approvals for the city of Franklin and working with the timeline of our contractor for installation. If things continue to go as planned (a big IF in construction!), the installation will happen this summer.
As these various projects get underway and more information comes forth, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.