Maintaining the structure and filling it with life
The fascination of the Frauenkirche remains undiminished. The many people visiting the Frauenkirche every day would not be able to experience the church and learn of its message without the many thousands of donors who support our work.
Thanks to this support the Frauenkirche Foundation Dresden can realise its aims of maintaining the building and using spiritual events, various kinds of tours and a unique music programme to convey and further develop its message of peace and reconciliation. The financial support we need reaches us through collections and donations in the offertory boxes and, above all, from our ongoing donor’s certificate campaign.
Active and ongoing building preservation
Keeping up this complex building and holding the many events, often free of charge, comes at a high cost. Everyday costs for the use and maintenance of the building alone – such as electricity, heating, water, cleaning and safety – make up one third of facility management expenses.
Every year, investments have to be made to the building. The Church of our Lady Foundation has a long-term perspective and a strong wish for preventative building preservation. It therefore takes continuous measures to ensure building maintenance and to improve the various facilities.
2006 to 2008
In 2006, it was necessary to install a cooling system for the structural conservation of the historical monument.
In 2007, the ventilation, cooling and heating systems had to be adjusted to deal with the extremely high demands made by the thousands of visitors.
For the first time ever in 2008, the church closed its doors to the public for several days to carry out repair and cleaning work, in particular to do maintenance to the interior, as a means of preventing greater damage. This closure time proved to be successful and since then, it has taken place annually at the beginning of January.
2009 to 2011
In 2009, the 178 staircase lights were replaced with new LED technology, both to save energy and to gain experience for a new arrangement within the church building. There was a significant energy saving of 30%. The other reason to reduce the lighting in the Lower Church was to reinforce the character of this area as “a place of silence”.
In the year 2010 which followed, the windows in staircases A and G were included within the ventilation circle of the spiral ramp, thus optimising the ventilation here. In addition, a trace heating system was installed to improve air regulation.
High costs were incurred as the result of the flood in 2011 when, for the first time, great amounts of ground water had to be diverted into the state sewage system. The frequently used lift in stair tower G had to be extensively repaired for the first time ever, the organ was given a wooden roof to optimize the acoustics and the church was equipped with 250 LED lights on account of the positive experience made in the stair tower. The measures mentioned last partly helped to compensate the drastic increase in electricity prices. A thorough inspection of the dome and the facade of the building ensured that the brick work is in good condition.
In 2012, support plates for one of the bells (Hannah, the Bell of Thanks) were replaced for the first time. An additional radio controlled monitoring network was installed to aid air data collection. Furthermore, the computer which controls the lighting system was replaced.
One year later in 2013, extensive repairs were made to the disabled lifts at entrances A and G. Improvements to the railings of the main windows were carried out in order to facilitate window cleaning which has to be done on a regular basis. Extensive work was necessary to install two electronic canals into the spiral ramp and two processing stations for the building control system. Improvements were made to the construction of the locks and mountings of the outer doors.
Various measures for the upkeep and preservation of the building have been and will be planned for 2014, and will be reported on at the end of the year.
It is the explicit aim of the Church of our Lady Foundation to continuously conserve and preserve the building in order to prevent damage from occurring, as far as this is possible, and to repair defects at an early stage. Your donation will help us to achieve this aim.
Did you know that ...
the foundation does not receive funding from the state or outside sources? Therfore, its work depends upon your support.
Your donation or endowment to the Foundation’s funds will help conserve the Frauenkirche for future generations and fill it with life! Please continue your support and approach new Friends of the Frauenkirche to help us in our work!