A wall that holds back earth or water.
- Tom and his engineer, Jay Taylor, came up with a design that uses a series of giant trusses anchored into massive concrete retaining walls and the sea wall itself.
- On the north side, a retaining wall wraps protectively around the chapel, diverting water that undermined the foundations of the original church.
- The room's eastern wall is a single-faced retaining wall supporting dense stone fill behind it on the east.
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