William Buckingham describes the construction of a new church in Weymouth, Massachusetts following a devastating fire:

“Above all else the rebuilding of Sacred Heart church has been an act of restoration and healing. The parishioners can worship once again in a setting that is both functional and uplifting, and a void in the physical and social fabric of the neighborhood has been filled.

As one of the architects for the rebuilt church, I am also bold enough to claim that the Victorian Gothic design of the new building has made good the parish’s and the community’s loss more effectively than any Modern or Colonial design could have done. Our effort to express the new church’s historic roots is materially aided by the cornerstone and the tabernacle, salvaged from the old Sacred Heart Church, and by the stained glass, the light fixtures, and the Stations of the Cross, salvaged from other buildings that have been lost to the Church.”

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