The Cathedral Restoration Project
The Cathedral Church of St. George is nearly
two hundred years old. It has a typical 16th century architecture
with stained glass windows, wall plaques, a hanging chandelier
and quaint adornments.
The Cathedral is a special place to many people: a House
of Prayer, place of History, a Sanctuary, a place of Solace
where we experience the comfort of God’s Holy Presence.
Now, the Cathedral needs your help. It has fallen into
a state of disrepair that requires urgent attention. We
have to restore it, and we have to do so now. Now, more
than ever, our Church needs your help.
The estimate for the restoration of the Cathedral has
been put at EC$4 million. Whatever help you are disposed
to give to this charitable effort, it shall be thankfully
received and faithfully applied to the restoration of
Description of Damage
With the passage of time, termites have infested
the Cathedral to the extent that key areas of the church
are deemed unusable and dangerous to the congregation.
The entire Cathedral therefore, has to be restored.
Balconies: The balconies
were constructed of timber, and have been subject to termite
infestation and rot in the floor boards, timber joists
and timber beams.
Roof and Ceilings: The roof
structure consists of timber trusses, timber rafters,
timber purlins and close-boarding. The suspended ceiling
was constructed of timber boards fixed to timber joists
in the floor of the loft over the congregational area.
Twenty per cent of the ceiling boards have suffered termite
rot. Approximately ten per cent of the timbers in trusses,
rafters and purlins have suffered damage as a result of
the termite infestation. The existing roof cladding consists
of corrugated asbestos sheets. The use of asbestos sheeting
is prohibited in modern construction and the Control of
Asbestos Regulations 2006 call for the controlled and
supervised removal of existing asbestos material.
Belfry: All timber floors
in the bell-tower, as well as the timber frames which
support the clock, are in immediate need of repair. Defective
timber beams are presently embedded in the perimeter rubble
masonry walls of the tower. The roof cladding of the belfry
also consists of corrugated asbestos sheets.
Timber floor supporting organ: There are five timber joists
as well as the edge beam in this area which are termite
ridden and are now structurally defective.
(Click on the slideshow below for photos of damaged areas
in the Cathedral)
Scope of Work:
- Roofs and Balcony –
Removing all ceiling, balcony, stairs and floors and
replacing new roofs, floors and ceiling with hard wood.
New materials such as Green Heart / Purple Heart / Kabakali
and such other approved hard woods. The roof shall be
cladded with new metal shingle. Replace all mouldings,
trimmings and all decorative wooden designs. Rebuilding
balconies, floors, organ loft and stairs using the materials
mentioned, with terraced floors with original wooden
decorations with materials mentioned above.
- Floor for Pews –
Repointing, repairing and replacing material as original
covering raised platform with 1” x 6” groove
and tongue of similar materials as roofs.
- Windows and Miscellaneous–
Replacing all wooden windows and doors with new ones
as originals. New cupboards wherever existing, altar
rails and all other separating rails with material as
- Electrical – Rewiring
and placing in wall all conduits and cables as are required
by the Government Chief Electrical Engineer. Modern
lighting (period design) and sound fixtures.
- Walls – Sandblasting,
repairing, repointing and refinishing external walls;
scrapping, repairing and repainting interior walls.
- Belfry – Replacing
floors, stairs, louvre shutters, repainting walls and
all other furnishings; working and restoring all wood
work around bells and clock.
- Altar Area– Altar
area, vestry and washrooms restore as necessary with
- Termite Treatment
- Repair of Clock
How You Can
- Cheques and cash may be deposited to our account
at First Caribbean International Bank.
- Donations may be wired to our account. Please
contact us for account and Swift Code information.
- Cheques or money orders made out to The Cathedral
Restoration Committee may be mailed to:
The Cathedral Restoration Committee, P.O. Box
128, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Terms of Reference:
- To plan, co-ordinate, and manage all activities relating
to the full restoration of the St. George’s Cathedral
in accordance with instructions received from the Cathedral
Chapter through the Parochial Church Council (PCC);
- To appoint sub-committees consisting of experienced
and qualified personnel to assist in the attainment
of the major goal as identified in 1. Above. The Sub-committees
should include but not be limited to: Finance, Marketing,
Engineering and Construction;
- 3. To report monthly to the Cathedral Chapter though
the Parochial Church Council (PCC)
Mr. Samuel E. Commissiong – Chairperson
Mr. Steve Francis – Deputy Chairperson
Miss Rene M. Baptiste
Mr. Aurin Bennett
Mrs. Debra DeNobriga
Miss Clare Keizer
Mrs. Evelyn Jackson