Editor's note: information submitted by Egan's Church Restoration
Local company Egan’s Church Restoration has been recognizing by City of Boston & Boston Preservation award for excellence for 2012.
James Egan, principle of Egan’s Church Restoration of Shrewsbury and the Archdiocese of Boston are being recognized by Boston Preservation as Restoration project of the year for 2012 for religious building. The award recognizes the restoration and preservation of St. Joseph St. Lazarus Historic Church in East Boston.
The restoration of the church is testament to the resolve of the parish community and of the importance religious properties hold to neighborhoods. Restoring St. Joseph St. Lazarus was integral to the spirit and personality of the community, and community members rallied financially around its preservation. Complete restoration of the church included repairs to the roof and restoring plaster, flooring, and the religious art of the church. Without ever interrupting weekend religious services the interior was successfully fully restored – from sacred paintings to frescoes and statues to the pews. The restoration of this historic church is incredibly meaningful for the current population of Orient Heights, and undoubtedly will be for generations to come.
"It is incredibly meaningful when a community rallies to save its own historic resources, even when the odds for success seem small. We should all be inspired by the resolve which led a small group to complete this monumental and beautifully successful project," said Greg Galer, executive Alliance Executive Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance.
The awards will be held Monday, Oct. 21, at the Paramount Center in Boston.