Watertown Church to receive $1.2 million in renovations

November 27, 2011 by  

St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, which was built in 1876 by Irish immigrants, has been a staple in Watertown, Wis. For the last 125 years and will finally be seeing some much-needed repairs. The project has been in progress since June and will carry on until 2013, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

The largest, and most expensive, improvement comes in the form of copper roof shingles, which are being installed by Milwaukee’s Langer Roofing and Brookfield’s Hunzinger Construction. The shingles, however, will not be the only improvements made. Other work will include restoring the church’s clock, removing asbestos shingles, which were installed in 1915, laying plywood, improving downspouts and gutters and the removal and restoration of the church’s steel cross.

Rev. Dan Ganshert was clearly happy about the project:

“It’s always been a landmark, and this adds to the prominence of the spire itself,

“It’s a real statement about the importance of the faith in the community of Watertown.”

Fundraising for the project began in began in March 2011, and with the help of banner printing, flyer printing and other printing services, the church already has a staggering $900,000 in cash and $750,000 in pledges , which the church will collect over the next few years.

“[The fundraising shows] that people really take a lot of pride in not only St. Bernard’s Parish but its importance in the community,” Ganshert said. “They want to restore it, maintain it and renew it.”