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Original Wall Stencils.                                         Peanut pattern in stone          



City Parking lot used to stage truckload           Carpentry used to build containers.


The Bell Tower is coming down ..  Last of the Big Stones.



Pallet 1                                   Pallet 2 & 3                                      Pallet 4         

Gettin the Rocks Off   ....  One Days Work  


                           Pedro                                42,000 pounds to Texas 


             Roof coming off                                                                    Columns


Stones on the south side of the bell tower have much more weathering than other walls.


 Day 1 - 4 Pallets                        Day 2 - 4 Pallets                         Day 3 - 5 pallets


Purlins                                          Stone Removal                           1904 Numbered Stones


Truck # 8 Loading

Day 4 - North Tower wall 1/2 done


Roof Debris                                                   Clean Sanctuary Work Area

Rented back yard of neighboring house



With the roof panels gone, can prepare to lift the trusses.

First, the atrium and west wall have to be removed.


Disassembling the north and south atrium walls.


And the main west wall.


The original church door.  The archway entrance is complex. Stone TD36 is a single stone. 

Palletizing these shaped stones will be challenging.


Stone removal tools .. The long T-head crowbar is crucial to fast stone removal. 

 Jauquin building pallets.  Carpentry is a big portion of shipping stone.  Panels for pallets.


Corrugated used to separate layers of stone, and straw to buffer them.

When the atrium and west wall are removed, we will remove enough of the floor of the sanctuary to allow the high lift to enter the building and lift the trusses one at a time for disassembly.



The west wall arch was removed after recovering the large Gothic window frame.


West wall removed.  Main entry support to prevent collapse as key stones are removed.



Big Window Frame  ...  Removing Keystone .. Note Arch Support Deformation


Arch top stones removed   ...   Complex Stone shapes


Hand built Pallets for Archway Stones                                 Atrium Windows                        



Arch Stones                                                             Bell Tower Corner Stones


12 x 14 Bell Beam                                                    12 x 14 Basement Beam


Atrium and West Wall removed                          Access to Trusses and Sanctuary                          


Truss # 1 in motion


Truss # 1 Disassembly


Disassembled Truss                                                  Buttress Truss Footing Stone


Truss 2                                                                             Truss turnbuckle 


2 x 12 x 14 Joists  ....  Orange Longleaf Heartpine   ...  Denailed

           Work site is getting very crowded ... Moving all inventory to the parking lot.       


Wet weather makes tight space a swamp


Plenty of room and solid work surface in parking lot.    Atrium has been removed and road carved to get trusses.


Debris is used as platform for high lift to reach the trusses           The high lift in action.                                



Remaining stone ... Smokestack, inside the Bell Tower, 4 arched doorways and a few buttresses.



Debris Platform for High Lift to reach Trusses             Third Truss today .. Two more left                    


Disassembling the truss to fit on trucks            Inventory accumulating in paved lot  .. Trusses at far right



The north wall of the bell tower is down           The site today


Bell Tower Archway coming down                                     Key Stone                                 


King Post from Truss                                 Pedro inspecting with Metal Detector               


 Jeff trimming samples                                                             Samples


2 x 12 Joists   -  13 growth rings per inch.      


4 x 6 Truss  12 growth rings per inch                           Flooring - Roof Decking    25 growth rings per inch



This marvelous wood is Antique Old Growth Longleaf Heartpine.  


Right now, we are estimating that we have over 15,000 board feet of prime Longleaf Heartpine beams and boards.    This wood is being recovered from a 110 year old church and selected by a famous architect for one of the wealthiest men in Ohio during the gilded age.    




Antique Old Growth Longleaf Heartpine is reclaimed lumber from first generation trees that were standing in the 1600s, and many were as old as 500 years. Longleaf pine forests covered approximately 90 million acres along the coastal plain from Virginia's southern tip to eastern Texas. These pine trees, 80 to 120 feet tall, require 100 to 150 years to become full size and can live up to 500 years. Where there was once approximately 90 million acres, less than 10,000 acres of old-growth heart pine remain today. The heartwood trees had been growing for centuries, producing only an inch of growth in diameter every thirty years. This wood was the primary building material for a great number of structures throughout America and the world.  Homes, plantations, churches,  mills, warehouses, factories and public buildings were constructed out of longleaf pine.  The astounding versatility of this wood was apparent, being incorporated into everyday items such as farm implements, furniture and cabinets, to construction, flooring and siding.





A longleaf pine must attain an extreme age before it begins to produce the characteristics of heart pine within its wood. Over several hundred years, the longleaf pine will reach a height of approximately 100 feet and create the heartwood for which it is so famous. The time required to reach this level of maturity assures that true heart pine will never again be commercially grown. It is a non-renewable resource of extreme value.  The heartpine forms at the very center of the tree, and the wood is orange or pumpkin color because of the accumulation of resins. 


Today, old growth heart pine is as rare as sunken treasure, with less than 10,000 Federally protected acres of original-growth Longleaf Pine forests remaining.  The only place to find the last vestiges of this antique wood is reclamation from old buildings or where it was left behind under water in the southern rivers used by many timber operations in the 1800s to raft their logs to nearby sawmills.


Antique heart pine is revered for its rich history as much as beauty and durability.  It's orange sapwood and red heartwood is slow to develop and is found in the buildings that are being dismantled today.  Longleaf has a strength approximating oak, and wears like iron on floors.   Our founding fathers chose its fine qualities for such historic structures as George Washington's Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. It was used to build ships for the English and American Navies and the great Clippers of the age of sail.  The U.S.S. Constitution, "Old Ironsides" has a keel made of a single heart pine timber and decks of heart pine planks.


This wood comes from the disassembly of a 1904 church designed by Frank Mills Andrews in the employ of Paul Sorg, one of the billionaires of the gilded age.  He built the church for his daughter's wedding across the street from the mansion residence he moved from Europe to Middletown, Ohio.   No expense was spared in constructing the church of the finest materials available .. White Bedford Limestone, and Longleaf Heartpine, Third St Stained Glass.



400 years old when it was cut in 1900   Only the core of the tree was orange heartwood.  It is rare.








Side Lot                                                                       Disassembled Trusses


Trusses connected in center                                                                 Covered Trusses                

After 10 weeks of polar vortex snow and freezing temps, we finally were able to get back to work on March 3, 2014.  After work in December, we were 97% complete with recovery of all components except the below items. We have three short stone walls, arched doorways, a false truss, three buttresses, stained glass, six columns, elaborate window frames, the foundation stones, and lots of wood joists and beams to recover...



Window frames and Stained Glass.


Six heavy Bedford Limestone Columns - base, column, and caps.


Removing the false truss


Final Bell tower walls - note bracing on doorway arch to allow safe removal.


YI - bell tower inside - W2 - 2nd pallet from west wall.              Polar Vortex Relief.           



        VIDEO of the Pulpit Roof coming down ... Saving the Columns.




Recovering the columns from the pulpit stage - No problems .. No Damage


The last column                                                         Carpentry work area 


False Truss                                                            Final window frame


We are done with the recovery of stone and artifacts from the church .. ready for final demolition.



We completed disassembly of the church on March 17th and removed the remainder of the building, recycled metal and brick, landfilled the debris, filled the excavation with earth, planted grass, and turned the site into a small park that will benefit Middletown's historic district.


Final demolition at Work ...  The wall is Gone !


Clearing out the church basement.  The church lot required 1,200 cubic yards of good earth fill



Finally, we had to repair the back yard of the neighbor house.



We cleared the city parking lot, moving all of the reclaimed stone and wood pallets to a local warehouse where it can be classified and prepared for shipment when needed at a much lower cost than space in Texas.




Palletized stone, wood, trusses, windows, columns, everything.



Finally ... the last big rental bills go back to Equipment Depot



Day 1                                                                                 7 months later



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Frank,  John,  Lee,  Brian,  Aaron  Pedro,  Joaquin,  Will




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