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Collection DeTurk
Object Name Print, Photographic
Title Foundation excavation
Description Exterior excavation along pier foundation north of the kitchen doorway.

The dark layer adhering to sub-grade stones is saturated soil, which has partially disintegrated some of the sub-grade joint mortar. Non-original north jamb plinth-block [with gray debris on its flat top] is seen to the left of shovel handle. Exterior window sill appears across right half of top edge of photo. The existing grade along bottom edge of photo is 18-20 inches above the 18th century level, built-up partially from alluvial sedimentation, but primarily man-made as a protective bank{1} to block creek flooding into the cellars. This embankment against the north wall and the northern portions of the east and west eaves walls remains an effective barrier against direct creek flooding. It will not be significantly lowered or penetrated, except to slope the adjacent grade away from the building and retaining walls and to insert closed drainage conduits.

{1} earthen "revetment" or "levee."
Photographer Larry Ward
Date 07/27/2009
People DeTurk, John
Print size 11.38 x 8.53 inches
Catalog Number 1001.01.151
Archive Number DTR09PH67
Frame# 072709-823
Search Terms DTR09PH
De Turck
De Turk
DeTurk House
DeTurk Photo
Sub-grade Foundation
Mortar Disintegration