You may have noticed some major changes outside of St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral in Downtown Boise. Crews started hauling away pews and workers ripped off roof tiles. That’s because one of Boise’s oldest buildings and parishes is undergoing some extensive renovations.
While regular worship services and in-person meetings moved online to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, church officials say this is the perfect time to take care of some maintenance. Upgrades started recently on the two 119-year-old structures, each listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
Roofs, pews and organs
The roof on the cathedral and the Tuttle House next door are being replaced and pews are being repaired and refinished along with the Cathedral’s wooden floors.
While roofers replace perform work, a company from Portland, Oregon will protect the church’s grand 1961 Schlicker Organ by covering the instrument and removing certain pipes. When crews complete construction, the organ will be cleaned and retuned.
Several smaller projects at the cathedral are also underway, including improving landscaping, rainwater handling, accessibility, security, and beginning a preservation program to restore its 29 stained glass windows, some of which date back to the 1800s.
Cathedral improvements and repairs should wrap up this June. The parish expects to return to its regular service schedule after construction ends and pandemic restrictions lift.