West Toledo church makes strong comeback

Saint Matthews Church. (WNWO/Marcus Espinoza)

What a difference a year makes.

Last August, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church on Talmadge Rd was in full blown repair mode from a massive termite infestation.

"The glulam's which are the support beams that hold the ceilings up (they) were buried into the cement so it left a super highway for the termites to come and hide," said parishioner Beverly Monaham.

So began a $500,000 repair project to save the church originally built in 1964.

Without the help of insurance, money was raised through various fundraisers.

But church members didn't want the place to look like it had undergone such a massive repair process.

"We had to put steel plates on these support beams that holds our church up and those steel plates came in black and they were just hideous," said Monaham.

Enter Rebecca Bryant a local faux finisher by trade.

She spent nearly two months bringing a hammered metal look to the beams.

"It makes it flow better and looks like it belongs there instead of an afterthought," said Bryant.

The church still needs to raise more than $150,000 to finish paying the half-million dollar bill, if you'd like to donate to their cause, you can do so here.

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