Constructed in 1927, St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Wilmington, DE, has withstood almost everything mother nature could throw at her.
But the recent earthquake on the east coast damaged some of the masonry and 4 spires at the top of the clock tower. You can see in the pictures that several of the limestone spires actually broke off.
The back chimney was also almost ready to collapse. 9 pieces of marble actually fell to the ground during the earthquake. Luckily, no one was injured. Also, as a result of the quake, there needed to be a lot of repointing done to the upper section (The stone is called Baxter Station marble and is very hard to find.)
Pinnacle Scaffold was called in because of our experience with historic buildings. The mission was to erect a scaffold that would allow workers to reach the delicate parts of the towers while keeping the church open for business as usual and not damaging any part of the landmark building.
One of the coolest things to see is the awesome stair tower and lift assembly that was erected to get crews and equipment to the top.
A sidewalk shed was erected to allow parishioners to enter and exit through the front doors while the tower is being repaired.
I just love it when a job comes together and everything works out great. The church was happy to be open and we were grateful to be able to work on such an awesome structure.
Call Tony P at (302) 766-5322 for all of your scaffold / scaffolding needs.