St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church 1904-1973 Demolished April 23 and 24th, 2015

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http://www.volgagermans.net/portland/st_pauls_church.html

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http://www.oregonlive.com/faith/2015/04/german_church_demolition.html#incart_m-rpt-1

On Fri, Apr 24, 2015, at 6pm Peter Kusyk wrote:

Jxx:

I was at the site most of the day, and I was gone when this occurred. PP&L was out and found no structural problems, and for everyone’s peace of mind the building fell against the communication lines and totally missed the power lines. If you received this at home–the internet is alive and well.

What this video illustrates is the loss of integrity of the building. As you may have noticed, if you have been watching the last two days, the building was brought down in four foot segments–much the way it was erected. Anywhere there were larger than four foot segments that came down, the larger sections were caused by rot and loss of structural integrity. You will notice–if you were watching–that this has been a start and stop operation all the way through. We would assess the next four foot structural element and then move accordingly to dismantle that piece. At this point our assessment was that this assembly would all come down to the middle. However, the north west corner of this last segment was more rotten than we thought. It buckled–we lost the integrity of the panel, and it kicked out.

Today, for quite a while there was a large group of Volga German descendants at the site discussing the church and it’s history. We were able to get the bell down for their preservation. Again, I was told of their desire to buy the church approximately ten years ago. Their engineering report showed that the cost of getting the building to code was more than the cost of the building. I think today’s kick-out underscores that information.

Finally, I have a hard time understanding how a reasonable person would balk at a warning against a possible freak accident that could endanger their life. I will just say that I will always error on the side of safety. David’s response to you is very understandable in the heat of the moment, but I apologize to you if you were offended. All of us, that take great pride in our work, will recognize we are human and when we make a mistake we may lose a moment or two of clarity.

To everyone and anyone–I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but I am happy to see that we are in the clean-up phase and moving forward.

Take care,

Peter