Photos: Repairing the House of Jehovah

Work underway this weekend included installing a new gable end with Don Graham at center.

Photographs by James E. Gardner

Doers of the work: Volunteers gutted the 20-year-old Kingdom Hall in Guilderland Center in August to completely refurbish the building. 

By Oct. 1, the eighty-seven Jehovah’s Witnesses who worship there will hold their first meeting. They’ll have a new bathroom and stage that is accessible to the handicapped, updated lighting and equipment, a building that meets fire code, and walls of mold-resistant Venetian plaster. Jehovah’s Witnesses have 137 Regional Building committees nationwide, 230,000 volunteers strong, that pitch in on building and rebuilding projects.