Restoration of the Chapel at St. Andrew's Church
The original St. Andrew's Episcopal Church building was completed in 1876. In the century following, changes and additions included extensive repairs for hurricane damage, construction of a vestibule and sacristy, exterior surfacing with limestone, chancel and altar additions, interior carperting and replacement of the original pews.
In 2007, a bequest to St. Andrew's provided the funds for significant restoration. The first phase of work took place soon after with re-leading and protection of the stained-glass windows. An important upgrade to the air conditioning system was added in 2011. In May 2012, the next major phase of restoration began with the custom design and ordering of pews identical to the originals through American Pew & Bench, L.L.C. in Lockhart, TX. The original pews themselves, replaced in the early 1970's, have since then been part of The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Raymondville, TX (see images below).
In July 2012, the 1970's pews and frontals were removed and sold to parishioners. With the removal of the pews, work began on the bulk of the interior restoration work. Carpeting was removed, revealing the original pine floor beneath, which is being sanded and refinished. The chancel and sanctuary, once reconstructed with oak flooring, is being reworked with re-purposed pine to match the flooring of the nave. Lighting and other electrical work is being updated to restore functionality and safety to the historical features.
Final restoration of the Chapel at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will include new roofing, repair and painting of interior walls, updating of the bell tower control system, refurbishing of the Nolte Street sign, and work in the sacristy and old Rector's office. The Chapel restoration was dedicated by The Right Reverand David Reed, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Dioces of West Texas, on November 25, 2012. All major work will be completed, and new pews installed, by Advent I, 2012. The parish will begin a new year of service from a newly restored historic church building, the Chapel at St. Andrew's.
The parish would like to thank all those through the years who have donated to the St. Andrew's Chapel Fund, making possible the continued care of this historic structure. Special thanks to Mr. Gil Merkle, Vestry Member, and Mr. Michael Sharp, Junior Warden, for overseeing each phase of this extensive restoration.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is pleased to offer the remarkable and restored beauty of the Chapel at St. Andrew's to the glory of God, and to the citizens of Seguin and surrounding area.
Completion! Bishop David Reed, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, rededicated the Chapel and its renovations during a service celebrating the life of Saint Andrew on 'Christ the King' Sunday, November 25, 2012: the last Sunday of the church year. A new year starts on the following Sunday, the first Sunday of the Advent season. The parish of St. Andrew's will begin a new year of service from a newly restored historic church building, the Chapel at St. Andrew's.