Sacred Landmarks Toolkit
The sacred landmarks in Northeast Ohio were built to last and are a testament to the aspiration of past generations. CRS helps congregations to be good stewards of their buildings by making appropriate maintenance decisions.
Before you start any renovation, fix your roof and the adjacent drainage systems of downspouts and gutters first. Maintaining the roof in good repair and keeping your building dry is the most important thing your congregation can do as stewards of a sacred landmark. Proper maintenance is essential to make sure these roofs last. Repairing clay tile or slate roofs is complicated and usually requires a specialized contractor. Here are some tips for you or your contractor on repairing your specialty roof.
Even in ethnic neighborhoods of simple, frame workers' cottages, sacred landmarks in our region tend to be built of brick or stone. These buildings are often a reflection of the grand churches of Europe remembered by the immigrants who settled our region. Improper repointing or cleaning of masonry buildings can, however, create more problems than they solve. Here are some guidelines for caring for masonry.
Of all the features in a house of worship, the beauty of the stained glass windows are what give the sanctuary its identity and create the strongest impressions. Often, these windows have begun to rust, bow, and deteriorate. Here are some resources for caring for your stained glass windows.
The expense associated with maintaining a sacred landmark is significant. Even if your building is listed as a landmark, there is no one source for funding maintenance, repairs, or larger scale rehabilitation projects. The expense of these buildings rests primarily with your congregation. Here are some resources to assist you in your fundraising efforts.
Click here to find additional national sources of information on the stewardship of sacred landmarks.