Our beautiful masonry work is coming into its own on the arboretum side of the building. The brick is being laid in an English bond — appropriate for an Episcopal church in the Anglican Communion. The pattern alternates a stretcher course — bricks laid end to end, lengthwise — with a half-brick course. This matches the original pattern on the remaining Battle Building as well as the Yates addition.
An English bond gives the building loads of character as well as structural strength. The masons have modified the pattern a bit to make sure there are full bricks turning all the corners with full head joints — mortar covering the entire surface of the two bricks where they join.
At the gable ends of the building, where the brickwork is flush with the roof and trim (called the rakes), there are brick triangles on a 45-degree bond. Another fancy detail is the addition of corbels on the corners of the building near the top — successive rows of masonry projecting out from the face of the wall. Soldier courses — bricks standing up — and row locks — bricks lying down — over windows and doors — add character and shed water.
Variation and diversity in the pattern will make our building one of a kind while strengthening the fabric of the masonry. It’s just another way the outward and visible aspects of our building symbolize the inward and spiritual truths of our varied, character-filled, and strong parish. Thank you for all the diverse ways you have chosen to support both the building campaign and the ongoing work of the parish. All your gifts, whether time, talent, or treasure, reflect your character and your strength.