Repair work at Holy Cross, South Carolina

The Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg,  South Carolina is an important landmark in US rammed earth history.

Dr William Anderson built a small rammed earth dairy in 1821, and quarters for his servants in 1823. Pleased with the results, Anderson built the Chuch in 1850.

The Church was investigated by Thomas Miller in 1926 because of ongoing problems with its structure and I believe some repairs were carried out. The building has problems with termites and the church is currently sueing two termite removal companies.

Repairs to the building are been carried out by Mashburn Construction Co. Inc., and will cost close to $2 million.
They are not allowing any water near the rammed earth walls, so repairs are being carried out in small sections, such that the roof can be replaced every day.

This is an exciting project, and I’m really interested to find out how it goes.

The Item article (with photo gallery)

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