St. Roch’s Church project in Greenwich preserves what was built with ‘loving hands’
GREENWICH — Ongoing renovations to the iconic stone exterior of St. Roch’s Church, whose roots can be traced to Italian immigrant stonemasons who helped build the community of Greenwich, are expected to be completed in time for the church’s impending 100th anniversary.
“Stone buildings, if properly maintained, can last indefinitely,” Dan FitzPatrick, chairman of the parish’s financial advisory board that oversees the work, told Greenwich Times this week. “The problem is making sure there is proper maintenance. We live in a climate which can be harsh during the winters and we have storms coming in. Water can seep between the stones and crack it , so you have to maintain it.