The rot is way up there, the rot we can see.
It's hard to miss First Baptist. It's a big Gibbs style church on a suburban-sized parcel on the north edge of downtown Decatur Georgia. It's big right down to its super chunky quoins and dentils
Everybody "knows" that Ivey & Crook, Architects designed the current building.
I consulted Lewis Edmund Crook, Jr., Architect, 1898-1967: A Twentieth-Century Traditionalist in the Deep South by William R. Mitchell Jr to learn more. It says, ""Job 513 First Baptist Church Alterations 1948." Alternations? Must investigate.
I drive by twice a week but it's become so familiar I don't pay much attention.
This corner's not looking too hot.
I used Photoshop to give us X-Ray vision.
This is so complex. Where will the water go?.
What about those black corners? All 4 corners of the tower are black. The tower is the bottom section of the steeple.The level above is the belfry, see Steeple Anatomy.
Now that I'm paying attention to brick, I notice the Flemish bond alternating with 5 rows of stretcher bond. Is that the right terminology?
I'm sorry about the rot but happy it made me pay attention.