Union is Getting a New Roof — Finally!

With a $500,000 grant from the City of Boston’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) Grant and a $200,000 grant from the National Fund for Sacred Places, we can replace our seriously dilapidated asphalt shingle roof, which was installed circa 1972. Over the years, unfortunately, our current roof was repaired and patched with incongruous material and color schemes.

The re-roofing project will include replacement of all asphalt shingles, roof deck repairs, as well as installation of all new copper flashing and copper gutters!  The new Slateline® asphalt shingles will mimic the original polychromatic slate roof.

This project helps us preserve our historic 1872 building as well as preserving Union Church’s legacy of social justice and community service for many years to come.

As this urgent and important work is completed, we ask for the community’s grace and prayers throughout the work.


The project will begin mid-October and will take 8-10 weeks to complete. Work will be done weekdays between 7am and 6pm.


Our project has been green-lighted by the South End Landmarks District Commission, as well as the Office of Historic Preservation, Parks and Recreation Department, and Inspectional Services Department of the City of Boston.

Safety + Site Plan

Capital Construction Contracting is doing the re-roofing for Union.

Our re-roofing project has been carefully planned with safety as a top concern. The following measures will be taken in order to ensure that the re-roofing proceeds smoothly:

  • Project Manager — Capital Construction’s project manager is OSHA-certified.
  • Site Monitors — Capital will have two (2) ground monitors on site at all times making sure the areas are clean and safe at all times. 
  • Crew — The 16-person crew will have harness and roof brackets at all times. 
  • Scaffolding — Capital will be installing Scaffolding around the Church with a plywood wall to stop any shingles from entering any public locations. In addition, there will be tarps below any work areas to catch all work debris.
  • Fencing — There will be a temporary, six-feet tall fence placed alongside the border of Titus Sparrow Park. 
  • Dumpsters — There will be two (2) on-site dumpsters, one on Columbus Avenue and the other on West Rutland Square.

Questions or Concerns?

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Want to Support Our Historic Preservation?

We welcome any financial contributions toward preserving our historic 1872 building as well as our congregation’s historic presence in the South End.

Historic Pictures of Union Church’s Roof

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