P.E.I.’s iconic church in Hunter River is getting a renovation.
St. Mary’s of the Folks Catholic church on Route 2 was closed in 2008, and Island resident Kris Taylor is now renovating the constructing to create residences.
“It is a massive venture,” mentioned Taylor, who took possession of the church nearly two years in the past.
Taylor mentioned there’s a actual want in the neighborhood for housing and this venture will assist meet the demand.
Whereas he is nonetheless within the strategy of finalizing what number of house items there can be, Taylor mentioned every can be pretty small.
“Folks simply cannot afford bigger items anymore,” he mentioned.
Taylor mentioned he desires to make sure the surface of the church appears a lot the identical, together with the steeple.
“The construction is nice. It is best if we will maintain it,” mentioned Taylor. “The again of the church will in all probability not have the identical look because the entrance, however simply to revive what’s in there I imagine is vital.
“I’ve lots of people say to me, ‘What are you doing? It is best to have simply taken it down and began from scratch.’ However that is simply not how my thoughts works, and I needed to protect as a lot heritage in that constructing as attainable.”
Whereas Taylor mentioned “the price to construct proper now could be super,” he nonetheless mentioned there are monetary advantages to renovating outdated buildings — along with the heritage worth.
Taylor additionally mentioned among the inside options will stay the identical, together with a lot of the stained glass home windows. He donated a few of these home windows that includes Cardinal James McGuigan (a member of the committee that oversaw the constructing of the church within the Forties) to a neighborhood group with a connection to McGuigan. Taylor will place the remainder of the stained glass within the house items or widespread areas.
‘Potential in outdated buildings’
This is not the primary time Taylor has renovated an outdated P.E.I. constructing.
“I mounted up the outdated physician’s workplace on the nook there and it homes the Subway,” Taylor mentioned.
He additionally renovated the outdated United Church in Hunter River, which is now the Concord Home theatre and music venue.
They wish to know that the church goes to be considerably preserved.— Kris Taylor
“I do not assume lots of people see potential in outdated buildings as a result of there’s loads of challenges there with permits and, , attempting to work with the province and the municipality and the codes,” he mentioned.
Taylor mentioned residents of Hunter River have stopped and thanked him for renovating the church.
“They wish to know that the church goes to be considerably preserved.”
Taylor mentioned he hopes to have the house constructing accomplished someday subsequent 12 months.