The Little Church - BOHEMIA NEW YORK

Known to its congregation as The Little Church, this 128-year-old structure had served as St. John Nepomucene Roman Catholic Church in Bohemia, New York from its construction in 1885 until the cornerstone of a new and larger church just to the north was laid in 1981. Despite its replacement, The Little Church was still a regular meeting place for some church activities, including its youth program.

In April of 2012, a midday fire ravaged the interior of the unoccupied building. While the fire completely destroyed the interior of the old church, the quick knockdown of the fire by the Bohemia Fire Department saved the historic structure from a complete loss. Within months, an unidentified “angel” had stepped forward, offering to pay for the restoration of the building, including replacement of its copper roof and reapplication of its stucco façade. Work was completed by the end of 2012.

Architect Frank G. Relf of Huntington Station, New York, had originally specified a 14-inch wide 1 ¾ inch copper panel which was later respecified as a 16” wide by 1 ½-inch high Englert A1300 Series panel to qualify for a weathertightness warranty. The roofing company, Metal restoration specialists at BB Sheet Metal of Long Island City, New York, used 20 ounce copper weighing 1 ¼ pounds per square foot to fabricate the replacement panel for the project.

Baschnagel Brothers of Whitestone, New York, installed the 3,000 square foot roof. "It's a beloved church with a tremendous history. The first Catholics who came to Bohemia established this parish, built this church,” noted Pastor Joseph Schlafer.

Mike Stankunis, an assistant chief with the Bohemia Fire Department who responded to the fire and a longtime member of the congregation, characterized the church as one that has “always been a monumental building in our town. Everybody is fascinated by it. It was for decades the center of Catholic life in Bohemia.”

Known to its congregation as The Little Church, this 128-year-old structure had served as St. John Nepomucene Roman Catholic Church in Bohemia, New York from its construction in 1885 until the cornerstone of a new and larger church just to the north was laid in 1981. Despite its replacement, The Little Church was still a regular meeting place for some church activities, including its youth program.

In April of 2012, a midday fire ravaged the interior of the unoccupied building. While the fire completely destroyed the interior of the old church, the quick knockdown of the fire by the Bohemia Fire Department saved the historic structure from a complete loss.

Within months, an unidentified “angel” had stepped forward, offering to pay for the restoration of the building, including replacement of its copper roof and reapplication of its stucco façade. Work was completed by the end of 2012.

Architect Frank G. Relf of Huntington Station, New York, had originally specified a 14-inch wide 1 ¾ inch copper panel which was later respecified as a 16” wide by 1 ½-inch high Englert A1300 Series panel to qualify for a weathertightness warranty. The roofing company, Metal restoration specialists at BB Sheet Metal of Long Island City, New York, used 20 ounce copper weighing 1 ¼ pounds per square foot to fabricate the replacement panel for the project. 

Baschnagel Brothers of Whitestone, New York, installed the 3,000 square foot roof. "It's a beloved church with a tremendous history. The first Catholics who came to Bohemia established this parish, built this church,” noted Pastor Joseph Schlafer. 

Mike Stankunis, an assistant chief with the Bohemia Fire Department who responded to the fire and a longtime member of the congregation, characterized the church as one that has “always been a monumental building in our town. Everybody is fascinated by it. It was for decades the center of Catholic life in Bohemia. ”

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