Church Of Epiphany

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The Church of the Epiphany has had a trying history. Established in the 1870s at an early date the congregation built a large stone church in the Gothic Revival style, replete with a fine stain glass altar window above the altar and pipe organ. Unfortunately major structural errors accompanied the construction, beginning almost with the laying of the first stone in the foundation. The builder laid down footings far too weak to support the immense weight of a stone church. Errors spread to faulty construction of the chancel arch and an incorrect formula fo the mortar between the stone. By the early 1930s the wall on lthe west side near the pulpit began to lean outwards, carrying with it sections of the main chancel arch. Deemed structurally unsafe services in this grand edifice ended in 1937. The congregation retreated into a small chapel which had predated the stone church in construction, It too was in a sad state of disrepair in the ealry 1940s when he Rev. Richard F. Henderson came as priest-in-chaarge in 1942. After the end of World War II, with growing post war prosperity Rev. Henderson and the vestry arranged for the fatally weakend stone chuch to be torn down at no cost. (Costs for repair were solicited but proved to be astronomical.) The contractor made his money by the sale of the stone. In 1947-48 the chapel underwent a major renovation with the altar windown from the old church going into the chapel. After Father Hendereson left in 1949 his successor Fr. Root and the vestry built the parish house. This laid the structural foundation for the material church to this day. With the revival of the structures so revived the membersip, a necessity as the congregation nearly died in the late 1930s and ealry 1940s. Only the intersession of Fr. Henderson in 1943 with Bishop M.E. Peabody kept the Diocese of Cental New York from closing down the church at that time.

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The Church of the Epiphany has had a trying history. Established in the 1870s at an early date the congregation built a large stone church in the Gothic Revival style, replete with a fine stain glass altar window above the altar and pipe organ. Unfortunately major structural errors accompanied the construction, beginning almost with the laying of the first stone in the foundation. The builder laid down footings far too weak to support the immense weight of a stone church. Errors spread to faulty construction of the chancel arch and an incorrect formula fo the mortar between the stone. By the early 1930s the wall on lthe west side near the pulpit began to lean outwards, carrying with it sections of the main chancel arch. Deemed structurally unsafe services in this grand edifice ended in 1937. The congregation retreated into a small chapel which had predated the stone church in construction, It too was in a sad state of disrepair in the ealry 1940s when he Rev. Richard F. Henderson came as priest-in-chaarge in 1942. After the end of World War II, with growing post war prosperity Rev. Henderson and the vestry arranged for the fatally weakend stone chuch to be torn down at no cost. (Costs for repair were solicited but proved to be astronomical.) The contractor made his money by the sale of the stone. In 1947-48 the chapel underwent a major renovation with the altar windown from the old church going into the chapel. After Father Hendereson left in 1949 his successor Fr. Root and the vestry built the parish house. This laid the structural foundation for the material church to this day. With the revival of the structures so revived the membersip, a necessity as the congregation nearly died in the late 1930s and ealry 1940s. Only the intersession of Fr. Henderson in 1943 with Bishop M.E. Peabody kept the Diocese of Cental New York from closing down the church at that time.

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