- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

CROGHAN, N.Y. (AP) - A nearly 115-year-old Catholic church in northern New York is nearing the completion of a more than $1 million restoration of its ceiling and the decades-old paintings that decorate it.

The Watertown Daily Times reports (bit.ly/1WS6hJw) St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church in the Lewis County village of Croghan (KROH’-gan) launched its $1.4 million capital project last year after cracks began appearing in the 50-foot-high ceiling, causing plaster to fall.

A Connecticut-based company that specializes in church restoration was hired to do the restoration work, which includes touching up the ceiling paintings and murals created in 1933, some 30 years after the church was built. The previous church was destroyed in 1902 when a fire swept through the village.

The project, expected to be completed by late May, is being financed by the Diocese of Ogdensburg.


Information from: Watertown Daily Times, https://www.watertowndailytimes.com

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