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PCE 219 article 6 - Historic church damaged by MBTA project...

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Historic church damaged by MBTA project Crack opens in wall of Boston's Old South By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff A controversial MBTA construction project in Copley Square has caused significant damage to Old South Church, a national historic landmark with a distinctive Roxbury puddingstone façade and a richly ornate interior. The 135-year-old church suffered a large crack stretching from its foundation to its roof line sometime Tuesday night, apparently from excavation work by an MBTA contractor preparing to install an elevator shaft to make the Copley Square subway station accessible to the handicapped. The crack is visible on both the interior and the exterior of the church's Dartmouth Street wall, splitting the stonework outside and causing debris to fall from the church's "fine arts wall" inside. The church's senior minister and chief executive, the Rev. Nancy S. Taylor, called the damage "discouraging and disturbing," pointing out that it took place during work intended to protect the church and before the serious excavation for the elevator shaft had begun. Taylor said the church appears to be structurally sound and will remain open. At a joint press briefing with Charles L. O'Reilly, the MBTA's assistant general manager for design and construction, Taylor said that the MBTA "has agreed to make Old South Church whole" and in a later interview said the MBTA is "fully responsible" for the damage and the cost of all repair work." O'Reilly said the damage would be the responsibility of the agency's contractor, the J.F. White Contracting Co. The contractor referred a request for comment to the MBTA. "The MBTA is deeply committed, as the reverend said, to deal with this issue in a forthright fashion," O'Reilly said. He said teams of engineers representing the church, the MBTA, and the contractor "will work together to get to the bottom of the issue and then deal with the damage that's been caused to the church." Construction activity, which was supposed to be completed by 2010 and has a price tag of $45 million, has been suspended "while engineers determine the best course of action
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2009 for the course PCE PCE 219 taught by Professor Coffin during the Spring '09 term at Miami University.

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