Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC: Chapel of the Cross after restoration and new paint to more closely match the stone of the newer sanctuary.  
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC: Before
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC: Before
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC: Before
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC: During--scaffold installed
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC: During--Stripping old layers of paint from historic masonry.
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC: During--paint being removed
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC: During--East wall (inside cloister) is complete.  Note new pinkish color that matches pink granite of newer, adjacent sanctuary.
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC: During--Top of tower has been finished with new paint and scaffolding removed.  Note old and new paint colors present.
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC
Pictured above: After:  Exterior new mineral silicate paint finish to more closely match color of natural stone in newer Sanctuary.  

About This Project

The historic Chapel of the Cross was consecrated on October 19, 1848, Bishop Levi Silliman Ives consecrated the new church – complete with a wooden gallery for slaves – “The Chapel of the Holy Cross.” He accurately described the scale of the building by calling it a chapel, but declared, “We’ll name it for the deed and not the doctrine.” The Gothic Revival style church was designed by noted architect Thomas U. Walter. The red brick church has a gable roof and features a crenellated entrance tower and lancet windows. The original church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It is located in the Chapel Hill Historic District.
Challenges The brick facade had many layers of paint that was in poor overall condition. Water was penetrating the parapet walls as well as other areas of the facade, as the paint failed. The facade was also streaked with pollution and mildew. Ultimately, the congregation also planned a subtle color change to better blend with the pink granite of the newer, larger sanctuary that is connected by a cloister.
Solutions Inside walls of the parapet were waterproofed using Universalputz Historic Mix stucco, Silan 100 Water Repellent and Royalan Extreme Weather Mineral Silicate Finish. Parapet caps were also installed to eliminate bulk water intrusion. Paint was stripped from the historic brick, which was repointed and repaired as necessary. The surface was treated with one coat of Royalan Mineral Silicate Texture Base and then finished with Royalan Extreme Weather Mineral Silicate Finish in the new color.
Architect
Contractor Waters Craftsmen; www.waterscraftsman.com
Applicator Waters Craftsmen, Inc.
Type of Project Historic Restoration
Customer Chapel of the Cross, Episcopal Church
Location Chapel Hill, North Carolina (United States)
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