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  1. Christ Is Risen! Such Wonderful News! May the prayers of St Herman give you strength and perserverance!! Since my two visits, every year I think of returning.

  2. Norman Coppola

    Christ is risen! This is so exciting!

  3. Panayiotis Anastasiou

    I’m wondering what the lifespan of such a building would be and how solidly built it will be. Modern construction methods only envisage a 25-40 year useable lifespan.

    1. Compared to the stick-framed Alaskan churches of 100 years ago, it will have greater structural rigidity (thanks to modern things like plywood sheathing, nail guns, joist hangers, and rafter ties). But it will have poorer rot resistance, because it won’t be built from imported California redwood, and it won’t be painted with lead paint. The spruce siding and trim, and the wood shake roof, can be expected to last 30-40 years before they need replacement. Fortunately, this exterior cladding can be thought of as expendable, and is easily replaced when the time comes. Likewise, the treated pine foundation pilings will need to be replaced in 30 years, and Alaskans are quite accustomed to doing this repair job periodically, as most buildings there are built like this. So long as the structure receives appropriate maintenance, it will be able to last indefinitely. Really, that’s true of any wood building. They can last many centuries, but only if well maintained. Masonry buildings are more capable of withstanding neglect.

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