In 2012, The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea celebrated its 125th year of worship. That same year, the Episcopal church began a critical and ambitious multi-year restoration project of their iconic clay tile and brick sanctuary. Conkling & Lewis served as the General Contractor for the project.
Main focus points were the result of water damage. Plaster had delaminated over the chapel and wood delaminated in the back of the church. Rusted steel behind the stone had caused spalling and in some cases the stone had begun to crack. In others, it had popped out completely.
Conkling & Lewis’ team of restoration artisans completed full-face and superficial restorations to the stone. Artisans then stained the new surface using varied shades of mineral tints, and a great deal of artistry, to aesthetically match the restoration to the original stone.
In addition to the stonework, Conkling & Lewis replaced historic steel and leaded windows, copper facing of Louver systems in the bell and organ towers and re-glaze and improvement of window systems.