Under the Milky Way – Sacred Heart Church Scaffolding
So there’s this really cool church in Bridgeport PA, called Sacred Heart Catholic Church. But wait, is it in Bridgeport or Swedesburg, PA? It’s listed as both with the same address in “the Google”. How can this be? I was confused so I had to do some digging, since my resident historian, Pat, has retired.
Turns out, Swedesburg is a neighborhood or village (as they say on Wiki) in Upper Merion Township, PA that lies in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Whereas Bridgeport, PA is a borough in Montgomery County and only a few miles from Swedesburg. And Bridgeport, PA is approximately 6 miles east of Valley Forge. Does all this make sense? Ha. Either way…
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, at 120 Jefferson St., was founded in 1907 and served three neighborhoods in the area and the church decided that this particular building/parish would best serve the needs of the Saint Augustine Parish of Bridgeport, PA, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish of Bridgeport, PA, and Sacred Hearth Parish of Swedesburg, PA – so they merged them to form one territorial Parish in 2014. Wow, who knew?
And like any of the older structures here in Philadelphia, they are going to need upkeep, usually in the form of brick pointing, roofing and painting and this old beauty is no different.
McGuire & Sons roofing was contracted to paint the spires, crosses and put a new roof on the front. Easy you say? Not really. You see this old gal has a steep roof and a front porch overhang that couldn’t be moved.
Tom called Superior to try to figure out how to best approach getting his crew up to the spires without messing with the landscaping and the covered overhang, all the while keeping the church doors open for business.
Superior used system scaffold and devised a way to rest the outside scaffold leg through the porch roof to support the weight above. And since Tom has a roofing company, he could do a simple repair to the overhang, once the job was completed.
And as a cost savings and to have less equipment in the way to keep the church open during the restoration, they decided to do one side at a time. The photos are of the left side, but imagine, if you will, an identical setup a few months later on the right and you’ve got it.
The job went off without a hitch and the freshly renovated spires can be seen glowing from the turnpike just a short distance away!
If you need scaffolding or access call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.
And the song is because the church has the same address but in different neighborhoods and both are under the Milky Way – and of course the band is the Church. See what I did there? Enjoy!
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