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Let’s Celebrate! The Gloria Church Building is a Heritage Structure that… Historical&Cultural •…Started as a small chapel and eventually became the headquarters (Mother Church-Igreza Martiz) of the Portuguese missions of the North, the Nuggets Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Damaun An Architectural Gem of the Byculla Skyline… •Rising to a height of 160 feet, designed along the lines of the Canterbury Cathedral in England •Built in the Gothic Style, shaped in the form of a Latin Cross with lofty towers •Towers are one of the highest among the churches of Mumbai •External walls are ‘windowed’ from pier to pier, rendering a translucent beauty to the interior •Casement-like windows are adorned with Gothic stone tracery, and supported by lofty pillars that meet in pointed arches •The glazed lancet windows consist of an array of coloured/stained glass Let’s Open our Minds to the Reality! For 100 years, the Twin Forces of Time and Weather, Have taken their toll on the beautiful Church building… 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s According to a Conservation Report by K Unwalla Architects, Mumbai…. The good news is… •There are no widespread fundamental structural problems in the Church building. •Because of robust solid brick and stone wall construction, and having aged into a settling environment, to date the building stands majestically upright. However, according to the report… The building is seriously affected by… •The descending damp from the roof and other faulty roof intersections, along with the rising damp from the saturated surrounds •Increasing penetration of damp during each monsoon which accelerates the structural imbalance of the building beyond repair The vaulted ceiling is too unsafe to bear human load. The spiral stairwell leading to the Choir area is not used and is in a state of neglect. The report proposes…. Structural and architectural repair to… Roofs The Ridge of the South Transept seems to be sagging… Ceilings … Are the most precarious element of the entire building. Descending damp from ceilings and walls… Exterior and Interior Walls Rising damp along Structural distress internal walls… in the walls… Damaged stone elements… Doors and Windows Terrace Entrances Need Timber Decay Repair Rain Water Management Raised open areas around the building paved with impervious materials cause rising damp… Restoration and Repair Budgetary Estimate Priority 1 Total Cost- Rs. 112 lakhs •Pitched roof restoration works – water tightening, structural works and drainage •Flat roof works – water proofing and drainage •Vaulted ceiling works – structural and architectural Priority 2 Total Cost- Rs. 87 lakhs •Exterior wall works – water tightening, stone cleaning and restoration •Miscellaneous works – rain water management and site drainage-related works Priority 2 Total Cost- Rs. 77 lakhs •Interior wall works – plastering, paint removal, structural and related restoration works •Door, window works – paint removal, servicing, repairs, restoration and finishing. Priority 2 Total Cost- Rs. 48 lakhs •Stained glass restoration Past and Present Parishioners Well-Wishers Friends Let’s Act Now! Let our Place of Worship reflect… the Grandeur and Majesty of the Almighty God we Serve! Are You Willing to Offer Your Gifts and Talents in the Service of the Lord? Undoubtedly, the Costs are Phenomenal & the Path Ahead seems Daunting… …But with God Empowering us, We will Discover a Path through the Financial and Other Challenges. "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Mathew 17:20 Are You Willing to Participate in the Restoration Process? I Cannot Do it Alone. I Humbly Ask for your Help. Website: www.gloriachurchbyculla.org Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Person: Fr. Rocky Banz (Parish Priest) and his team Address: Gloria Church Byculla, Sant Savta Marg. Mumbai 400 027 Any feedback, questions, suggestions are always welcomed.
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