Several of the sanctuary's foundation piers have lost their integrity. In particular, two of the three weight-bearing piers on the north end of the church have deteriorated significantly. We will bring in professionally licensed masons to re-shape, repair, and protect the foundation piers for a generation or more. We will also replace rotted wooden piers at the rectory.
Estimated Cost = $80,000
Failing Foundation Piers
This view of the pier inside of the north staircase aligns with where rain falls from the roof. The extent of damage caused by freeze and thaw action of water in the masonry structure is evident. The stone that has broken away and collapsed significantly reduces the structural stability of this pier.
Worth Doing Well
Jutting mortar joints on the face of the stones allow water to produce pressure over time. Stress cracks demonstrate the need for preventative rehabilitation of mortar on piers that have not yet failed. Professional masons cost more upfront but save money long-term.
A Model for Excellence
Most recently, the church rebuilt a pier along the west elevation. Professionally rebuilt, the mortar of this pier is properly raked back and the stone is dressed and squared with roughly five courses. This pier is a model for what we will do for the rest of the foundation.
Rotted Wood Rectory Foundation Piers
Several of the wooden foundation piers at the Rectory are rotted through completely. In the picture above you can see that the wooden pier at the southeast corner of the annex where it joins the kitchen no longer connects to the ground because it has rotted through. We will use masons to sure up these foundation piers in addition to those at the sanctuary.