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Church of Saint Joseph - Willimantic, Connecticut


In 1938, a severe hurricane destroyed the Church of St. Joseph’s majestic steeple, which rose 175 feet above street level and was never rebuilt.  While the basic structure of the church remained, interior finishes became dull and defective over the years.  Martin A. Benassi, AIA - Architect, LLC was retained as a consultant to assist in the design development, preparation of construction documents, and construction observation for the complete restoration of the church.  Renovation work included stained glass repair and reconstruction; slate roof repair; handicapped accessibility including elevator installation; new altar, sanctuary and reredos design; redesign of all interior finishes; upgrading electrical, acoustical and heating systems; modifications to the existing vestibule; and site improvements.  Total floor area was 20,000 square feet.