With a growing parish and aging facility, the Saints Peter and Paul parish of Seneca, KS decided to expand and restore their church.  This plan was carried out in 2 phases.

Phase 1 consisted of the masonry restoration, including replacement of 100% of the water-table stone, and approximately 50% of the foundation stone below. Masonry restoration work also included brick replacement and tuck pointing on the upper part of the bell tower.  At the same time, wooden louvers on all 4 sides of the bell tower were replaced with new aluminum louvers, which match the details of the existing wood louvers.  The copper roofing fasteners were replaced, as were the 4 corner spires that were damaged by storms. All work was completed while protecting the historic integrity of the 120 year old building.

Phase 2 included the addition of a 1,440 square foot addition to the front of the existing building.  This houses a classroom, restroom, and a bride’s room in the basement, as well as a gathering room, restroom, and vesting sacristy on the ground floor. The addition was constructed with concrete basement foundation, precast concrete flex core beams with concrete cap for the ground floor, metal stud framed walls, wood trusses and composition shingle roof. The detailed brick and limestone exterior matches well with the existing building. The project also included new HVAC systems in the back of the existing church.  This allowed the interior restoration work to be completed by the owner, to further restore the the building to its original luster.

Project Details
New Construction and Restoration
General Contractor
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
1,440 SF
Emig and Associates, Architects - Emporia, Kansas


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