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First Presbyterian

Heavy Timber Church Restoration

Modified Hammer Beam Trusses for a Cathedral Church Ceiling

The First Presbyterian Church of Navasota is in Texas. It is registered as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. After a fire damaged the church, Vermont Timber Works provided custom, heavy timber trusses to restore the cathedral ceiling.

We worked with Guide One Taylor Ball Construction, Dufresne-Henry engineers, and MBC Management on this project.

All of our frames are handcrafted to meet exact project requirements, and we enjoy working with our clients to make sure the details – from design to finish – are just right.

If you like this timber frame church restoration, or have timber work questions, we invite you to get in contact or ask an expert!

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THE INTERIOR POST RENOVATION

The new trusses were matched to the original trusses by using Douglas Fir timber for the straight beams and glu-laminated timber for the curved braces

Church Interior with Curved Beams

Restored Church Interior

Arched Hammer Beams Against A White Plaster Wall

Arched Hammer Beams

TRUSSES
Gluelam Arches

Gluelam Arches

The Finished Church with Timber Trusses

Restored Interior

THE FIRE DAMAGED INTERIOR PRE RENOVATION

The church was originally built in 1894. Below are pictures of the original, fire damaged trusses.

Fire Damaged Church

Fire Damaged Beams

Charred Timber Trusses

Charred Trusses

THE ASSEMBLY & RAISING

After a timber frame has been fabricated in our Vermont shop, our crew often travels to the job site to assemble and raise the frame. The same people who cut the frame do the assembly.

Fire Damaged Timber Frame Church

Assembly Location

Church Truss Assembly

Truss Assembly

Timber Church Under Construction

Setting Rafters

Assembly & Raising
Post & Beam Church Construction

Securing A Joint

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THE DRAWINGS & PLANS

The timber frame design process involves a series of sketches and review with the client and their architect — including a 3D model of the frame — until there is an approved final design. With the final design, detailed 2D shop drawings are created and used to fabricate the frame.

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