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September 30, 2019
Time Capsule Discovery!
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Time Capsule Discovery!

Costello Dismantling has been working for PJ Hayes and The Marion Group to dismantle the former convent associated with St. Catherine’s church in Norwood, MA. The 5 story dormitory, built in 1939, once housed dozens of nuns working in the busy parish. The building has been vacant for many years, however, and – after the chapel was de-sanctified earlier this summer – it was scheduled for demolition to clear way for a new housing development. Costello Dismantling was made aware of the possibility of a time capsule in the building, and we met with the parish caretaker to identify one block, stamped with a cross and the year 1939, on the southwest corner of the oldest part of the building as the likely home for the capsule. And they were correct!

The pre-cast concrete block looked inconspicuous from the outside(other than the stamped date), but once it was removed we found metal lifting eyes and a mortared rectangle on top which looked to be hiding the vault. A few whacks with a sledgehammer (and some help from the excavator bucket) revealed the contents that have been under cover for the past 80 years. Unfortunately, there were no relics, no gold coins, just a soaked copy of The Pilot (the Catholic newspaper, presumably from the week the convent was opened).

Here’s to finding the next time capsule!


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