We are making great progress at First Zion! Water damage to the ceiling revealed a tantalizing peak at a handsome wooden bead-board underneath the drywall. We could not evaluate the condition of the bead-board without pulling down the drywall, so the Foundation hired Brad Chandler to remove it. As anyone involved with historical restoration knows, surprises are par for the course, and usually those surprises are bad. However, while there are a few small spots where water infiltration damaged the wood, we found the original wooden ceiling to be in remarkably good condition! Take a peak yourself.
To add, we just received word from the National Trust for Historic Preservation that they have awarded us a Cynthia Woods Mitchell grant towards the restoration of the wooden ceiling! The purpose of this grant is to assist in the preservation, restoration and interpretation of historic interiors. We will use this funding to replace the bead-board where severely water-damaged, prepping the surface for repainting, priming the ceiling and then repainting the entire bead-board ceiling.
We look forward to taking our work at First Zion to new heights!