The historic St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Park City hasn't recently undergone a flashy, major renovation. That's because the beautiful, sandstone church buildings haven't needed one thanks to the careful, ongoing attention they have received.
According to Father Robert Bussen, the success of St. Mary's maintenance program is primarily attributable to Fred Strasser. Over the last 20 years, Strasser has overseen a variety of important projects on the buildings ranging from repainting to mechanical upgrades.
Strasser has gone to great lengths to assure the work on the buildings is historically sensitive. For example, in the early 1980s when historic preservation in Park City was still in its infancy, he convinced the Church to replace deteriorated wood windows with new wood windows rather than lesser-quality vinyl. More recently, he oversaw a major masonry repair project that accurately preserved the for different historic styles of masonry joints on the buildings. Strasser is often involved in the work himself. With the assistance of Jack Cunniff, he work on Saturdays to remove the buildings' asphalt shingle roofs and install new wood shingle roofs that reflect the originals.
In addition to Strasser's outstanding effort and renovation, the leaders and parishioners of St. Mary's are also to be commended for their willingness to invest in the ongoing care of their historic buildings. Utah Heritage Foundation is proud to present the first-ever Heritage Aware in the category of Stewardship to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church.