Trinity Episcopal Church & Eaton Chapel

Galveston, Texas

Client: Trinity Episcopal Church

Scope of Services: Historic Structure Report/ Condition Assessment; First Phase of Restoration of Trinity Church (Exterior); Stabilization of Eaton Chapel; Post-Hurricane Ike Repairs

Designed by early Galveston architect/builder John De Young and constructed in 1857, Trinity Episcopal Church is the second oldest church building on Galveston Island. Eaton Hall, designed by famed architect Nicholas J. Clayton, was constructed nearby in 1882. Both buildings survived the massive 1900 Storm, though the south wall of the church collapsed. In the ensuing decade, the grade of much of the city was raised using sand pumped from the port city’s harbor. As a further precautionary effort, the brick church was raised by screw jacks several additional feet and placed on a new foundation. The church complex has survived numerous hurricanes and is a vibrant religious community with several other buildings in the church complex, including a grade school.

The exterior restoration phase of the church included installation of a lead-coated copper roof, grouting of interior of masonry walls and repointing of exterior mortar joints, and replacement of window sills. The north and south walls of Eaton Chapel were cabled as a temporary measure to prevent further splaying. After Hurricane Ike, new electrical and mechanical systems were installed throughout the complex, and storm repairs and other protective measures were implemented, including the installation of a stainless steel and glass storm window to protect the large Tiffany-designed Sealy Memorial stained glass window above the main altar.

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