St. Andrew’s Catholic Church to Receive Statewide Preservation Award

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Renovations to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church took several years and a major commitment from the Roanoke Catholic Church and congregation.

Now the church is receiving a statewide award for historic preservation.

Work began in 2014 with the replacement of the steeples ravaged by time, termites and a fire more than 50 years earlier. Craftsmen would eventually move on to the slate roof and exterior masonry, before heading inside the Roanoke Monument.

Wayne Gould is St. Andrew’s Facilities Maintenance Coordinator.

“The project was so big that we did everything in the world to make this facility last another hundred years,” Gould told WDBJ7.

Now, the national organization Preservation Virginia has chosen St. Andrews as the 2022 recipient of its Gabriella Page Preservation Award for Outstanding Preservation Project.

“My first reaction was that I hadn’t realized the news had spread that far,” said St. Andrew’s Catholic Church pastor, Father Kevin Segerblom.

The church was nominated by architectural historian Alison Blanton. And in a letter to the church, the executive director of Preservation Virginia described the project as “a wonderful example of a dedicated and meticulous restoration effort.”

Segerblom said the award was unexpected, but appreciated by the St. Andrew’s community.

“To let parishioners here know that others in Virginia appreciate the building itself, the original architecture and also appreciate the painstaking work and the commitment and sacrifice we made to maintain and restore it. really, I would say, pristine condition, I think they’re happy with it,” he said.

The church will receive the award at an event in September.

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