Construction of the First United Methodist Church Parsonage
In 1977 M. G. Crouch Lumber Company signed a contract with the First United Methodist Church in Hickory to construct a new parsonage at 935 1st Street NE. Photographs were taken during the construction, from groundbreaking to the open house, making a unique record of the construction of a Crouch Home.
The First United Methodist Church sponsored a groundbreaking ceremony in late summer 1977 to mark the beginning of construction.
Basement and Foundation
According to the plans and specifications, a full basement would be underneath the house. The first stage of construction was to dig the hole for the basement and supporting foundation.
With the basement finished, construction could begin on the house. The first step is to build the basic structure of floors, walls and roof, all framed in wood.
Walls and Roof
Now that the framing is completed, work on the exterior walls and roof can begin, with the goal of temporarily sealing the home for winter.
With the house sealed from the weather, construction can continue on the interior during the winter months.
As the weather improves, work can begin again outside. The exterior walls give a neat, trim appearance to the home as well as protecting it from the weather.
Interior Finish Work
While work proceeded outside, different crews of painters, plasterers and carpenters worked on the interior. Finishes had to be applied correctly, wood trim had to be fitted, and cabinets had to be constructed and installed.
After the parsonage was completed the First United Methodist Church held an open house.