Dedication and Celebration has been rescheduled for September
has been a tough decision.
good news is that construction has started on the second phase
of the Ormat Geothermal plant just east of Austin. The down-side
is that nearly every motel room in Austin is booked by the construction
crews through the fall.
most of our guests will be traveling from out of town, we would
need all those motel rooms.
have also had some delays in construction. Although we had reassured
otherwise, it is clear that our restoration work will not be
completed by mid-May.
these two reasons, we realized that we had no choice but to
pull the date and re-plan the event. A letter will be sent out
in the next week with this news and explanation.
we have a ton of great reasons for you to visit Austin before
September. In the process of restoration, we have ended up with
an incredible inventory of architectural salvage and other surplus
items. This includes a large amount of 'barn wood', several
pews, even a claw-foot tub! We will take pictures and put them
up on our website so the items can be sold through the summer.
Augustine's is also sponsoring a fun summer music event: June
14th at the new Visitor's Center on Main Street. A terrific
family band, the "Smilin' Possum String Band" will play old
time Appalachian tunes 'back-porch' style. St. Augustine's will
sell picnic box dinners.
information will be posted on via email and on our website in
you so much for your continued interest and support of St. Augustine's.
Although we have had several delays throughout the restoration
process, it will be exciting when we are finally able to hold
events in this wonderful old church. And when you hear the sweet
sound of the Henry Kilgen Organ, you will know it has been worthwhile!
One last gentle reminder. We welcome
any contributions! Our expenses are low, but until the renovations
are complete and we can start hosting events, we depend upon
you to keep the insurance and utilities current. Please remember
us in your giving. Thank you!
for information on St Augustine's Restoration process:
Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places Report
2005 study by Daniel J Pezzoni, Architectural Historian.
2006 Full story with pictures of the dry-stack wall completed
by local mason, Chuck Bispo.
Roof reconstruction - JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME!
Click here for pictures from the July 25, 2009
"Soup, Sin, & Salvation", a Celebration of Restoration
annual dinner & auction
Removal of Henry Kilgen Organ
Here are some pictures of the Kilgen
No wonder it didn't work......
The Kilgen in about 5,000 pieces! Getting ready to be shipped
to the Ruggles workshop in Colorado.
Michael Freisen unpacking the
Charlie Ruggles working on the restoration
Charlie Ruggles working IN the restoration
Just wait until you see the whole picture!
See you in September!