Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rammed Earth in South Carolina

The Church of the Holy Cross, a Gothic Revival structure designed by Edward C. Jones gets a lot of attention when it comes to historical earth construction, but it did not spring from the soil without regional prescendent.

In 1821, Dr. William W. Anderson, a Maryland native, used the technique to rebuild the wings of the Borough House, the main building at his Hill Crest Plantation, and several outbuildings. In 1850, Anderson persuaded the Episcopal congregation of Stateburg to use pisé de terre in constructing the Church of the Holy Cross.



The big house has rammed earth on the main floor. It would be nice to get a look at those footings.


 Everyone likes plans!



 My favorite building on the compound is the doctor's office. Dig its Federalist austerity.

 



The Borough House and its outbuildings constitute the largest complex of pisé de terre buildings in the United States, recognized as National Historic landmarks, hence these lovely photos from The Library of Congress.



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