New roof for Preservation Hall

New roof for Preservation Hall
Workers with Southeastern Roofing, Inc. replace the cedar shake roof on Preservation Hall in San Marco’s Fletcher Park March 21.

Preservation Hall, the quaint historic church building in San Marco’s Fletcher Park, is getting a makeover.

A new roof was put on the 129-year-old structure March 20, with paint and other cosmetic maintenance upgrades to follow, said Barbara Hall of San Marco, chairman of the San Marco Preservation Society’s committee which oversees the structure. The new roof consists of cedar shake shingles, the same material used on the original historic edifice, said Hall. The cost of the new roof was $30,000, she said.

“The building was built in 1888. It’s always needing something,” said Hall. “It has withstood all its years really well.”

The chapel, which is managed by the San Marco Preservation Society (SMPS), is often used for public meetings. Popular with couples, it is also frequently rented as a wedding site. Last year, nearly 50 nuptials were held in Preservation Hall, said Hall. 

Preservation Hall is an example of Carpenter Gothic architecture and was built as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church by lay carpenters, said Hall. Its original location was on the Southbank, near where the Museum of Science and History now stands. In 1994, it was renovated and moved to Fletcher Park by the city, the San Marco Preservation Society, and the San Marco Garden Circle, which helped landscape the area in the park around the building.

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