Abbey Church Bell Tower | Conyers, Georgia
Gabriel bell restored to The Monastery of the Holy Spirit
Historic church bell restoration
National Building Contractors historic restoration of Abbey Church bell
The Monastery of the Holy Spirit Abbey Church

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit Abbey Church

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit is a 2,000-acre enclave in our hometown of Conyers, GA. Their beautifully elegant Abbey Church is regarded as “Georgia’s Most Remarkable Concrete Building” for several reasons, including a soaring tower where three bells toll daily. Built in the 1940’s of poured concrete by the monks themselves, this remarkably restrained architectural marvel attracts visitors from the world over.

So when the brothers needed to repair the middle bell (named Gabriel), gentle, precise expertise was required. Working with Chimemaster and Heaton Erecting, we carefully enlarged the center window opening so the bell could be removed for repairs. After Gabriel was returned to his perch, we artfully restored the opening to its original proportions, maintaining the integrity of the design. This kind of historic restoration is just one example of our comprehensive commitment to bring the highest craftsmanship to every project.

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Atlanta Monastery Visitors Center
Melding old and new architectural elements
Architectural barn with state-of-the-art metal roof
Gambrel roof with changing angles
White reflective roofing saves energy
Metal roof with sealed joints
The Monastery of the Holy Spirit

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit recently honored their mission and history in the creation of a new visitors center. True to their values of preserving the past while leading the way forward, the brothers chose to incorporate a historic barn into the plan. The result is an extraordinary facility that melds old and new architecture seamlessly on one campus.

We put a state-of-the-art metal roofing system on the entire facility. A highlight of the project was expertly installing the gambrel style roof on the old barn section. It was important the detailing specified by the architect be achieved just as the design called for. We were working on a restored brick building with the inherent challenges that entails. Great care must be taken in the construction process to not damage the facade. A gambrel roof has several intersection points where the roof changes angles. Precision is required to ensure those joints seal perfectly and the integrity of the building is protected from the elements.

The result is an extraordinary facility that functions efficiently while creating the kind of visitor experience the brothers envisioned. The reflective roofing system saves energy and meets the client’s goal of positive environmental impact. The look of the roof is an essential aspect of the greater design scheme. We are delighted to have been part of the project.

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