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.

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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.