I received some good news this past week. Nathan Ingraffea, a structural engineer, informed us of the following regarding the old St. Philip Neri Church and the rectory:
“Good news—based on the original specifications, the church is not a URM (unreinforced masonry). It’s wood-framed with a brick veneer. This is relatively rare construction for that era, but it does match what we saw through the hole in the plaster at the balcony. The drawings for the rectory are not as clear but they also imply that it was constructed out of w...
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