St Joseph’s upgraded after two decades
IT takes more than wall-towall scaffolding to cancel weekend Mass at St Joseph’s Subiaco.
The 82year-old Salvado Road church is undergoing its first restoration in more than two decades.
Project manager Father Joseph Walsh said the beloved church was last painted in 1983.
“Every generation you must do something special to maintain heritage buildings like this and this is my opportunity,” Father Walsh said.
“We are reinforcing some of the cracks, including about 40 cracks from the Meckering Earthquake in 1968. “There are two stained glass windows to restore and also new LED lighting being installed throughout the whole church.”
Father Walsh said his favourite new feature was the paintwork in the sanctuary.
“We are having the medallions gilded, which is a really beautiful and artistic process,” he said.
“The feature fleur de lis on the ceiling are being painted gold as well. It is a true labour of love.”
The eight-week restoration should be completed this month.
Father Joe Walsh with painter Arron Cameron and scaffolder Paul Thomas.