historic-restoration-of-first-african-baptist-churchA LANDMARK REVIVAL
Charlie Angell is an award-winning general contractor in Savannah, Georgia, specializing in historic restoration of commercial exteriors and interiors and residential restoration and remodeling. In 2001, Charlie and his team of craftsmen undertook a complete, “ground-up” restoration of the First African Baptist Church steeple, beginning with structural remediation and including exterior restoration to perfectly match the building’s original appearance.

Time to Call The House Doctor
The First African Baptist Church in downtown Savannah, Georgia is home to the first black Baptist congregation in North America. The current church sanctuary dates from the 1850s and is both one of the notable landmarks of the city’s Historic District and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The original steeple was over 100 feet tall and was actually destroyed by hurricane in 1892. After 100 years, the second steeple was itself in need of historic restoration.

Restoring a Landmark
In order to return the steeple to its former glory, the First African Baptist Church engaged The House Doctor, one of Savannah’s most knowledgeable historic restoration contractors. Having diagnosed the situation (the entire steel superstructure had rusted out in parts) and with Kern Coleman & Co. serving as supervising engineer, The House Doctor installed steel I-beam supports under the steeple and prepared and coated other areas of rusting with specialized primers and rust inhibitors.

With the structure stabilized, Charlie Angell and his team replaced missing and loose brick and concrete and caulked all visible cracks. This included exterior repairs and refinishing, including stucco repair. Final touches included a rebuilt staircase leading to the steeple and roof, repair to damaged eaves and front entry roofs, and installation of new, custom-milled windows and louvers.

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