At the request of a city inspector, the Catholic Diocese of El Paso had the church in the Lower Valley evaluated by HKN Engineers of El Paso after someone filed a complaint in August with the city about cracks on its walls.
"While the levels of deterioration appear to be severe, they are reasonable for an adobe structure with a service life of at least 115 years," said Edmund Castle, a principal owner at HKN Engineers.
In his report, Castle said the church had cracks around exterior windows, horizontally on walls and settlement cracks "at most interior wall corners," along with displayed bricks and deformed interior wood wainscoting. Moisture due to rain also is a common problem with adobe structures.
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