Fairbridge Chapel roof restored

Fairbridge Chapel roof restored

FAIRBRIDGE Chapel has been given a new lease of life with the completion of a major roof restoration project supported by Fairbridge WA, the Heritage Council of WA and Alcoa of Australia.

The chapel, also known as the Church of the Holy Innocents, was designed by international architect Sir Herbert Baker in 1928.

The 87-year-old chapel is an example of Old English architecture and was unique for its time due to its distinctive design, size and steeply pitched roof.

The need for a roof restoration was due to the severe deterioration of the American Cedar shingles installed in 1987. In keeping with the heritage feel of the architecture and existing materials, a new roof using Penrhyn Welsh slate shingles was installed. The slate has an expected life span of 100 years.

Funding to complete the project was made possible by the Heritage Council of WA’s Grants Program, Alcoa of Australia’s Community Partnership Program and community donations.

Alcoa’s Pinjarra Alumina Refinery manager Mark Hodgson said it was wonderful to see the majestic old building restored to its former glory.

Fairbridge WA chief executive David Russell said it was imperative to protect Fairbridge as a historical place of importance so community support programs continued.

“It’s an honour to help preserve our local heritage buildings, to maintain a sense of place and identity that will benefit future generations,” he said.

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