St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2018.

Heritage Fund Highlight: Roof Repairs at St. Thomas Episcopal Church

By Jessica Feldt

St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church’s Chapel of the Incarnation is a very unique example of Mission-style church architecture in Maryland. It was built in 1916 by designer William J. Palmer for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. With a Heritage Fund grant, the Church was able to repair and replace their roofs.


In 2106, St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church was awarded a Heritage Fund grant of $5,000 to offset the cost of installing a tin shingle roof that is a reproduction of the original roof. This project will help protect this special architectural example and on a prominent corner in Brandywine in historic Prince George’s County.

The project was completed in 2017 with a grant from the Heritage Fund and the support of private donations and the Church’s maintenance fund. Steel shingles provided by Berridge Manufacturing were laid in a pattern matching the original and were installed by Bryan Blundell of the Dell Corporation. The old asphalt shingles were removed, rotten sheathing replaced, and the new shingles installed and touched up. The work focused on the narthex of the Chapel and will provide a model for the restoration of the remainder of the church’s roof.

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