An extensive restoration project is fast approaching completion at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Those that have driven along Tremont Street in Hillsboro have likely noticed the repairs being made to the roof area of the bell tower.
St. Agnes was built in 1936 and with no records of previous repairs to the bell tower, the church believes the structure under repair is the original work. With this in mind,extensive research was done into different types of roof replacements, with the final decision being to repair the architectural clay tile roof.
Finding a contractor that was capable of the momentous undertaking was a challenge. The church was eventually referred to a company in St. Louis, MO, that deals specifically with architectural antique roofing. However, the contractor requested that tuck pointing be fully completed before they would start the roofing project.
RL contractors of Hillsboro was hired to complete the tuck pointing project. The scaffolding alone proved to be another huge undertaking. The company hired for scaffolding does work all over the world, including the Sears tower in Chicago. As it stands, rough flashing and replacement of tiles is all that is left to complete the massive reparation project.
“We are so very blessed by the generosity and stewardship of our parishioners to make these repairs possible, keeping the integrity of the original building and providing our beautiful place of worship.” Father Dan Willenborg.