“After 142 years, our church steeple had to be removed because it had begun to dry rot and the brick bell tower was turning to dust. We were told it would last until the next 80 mile an hour wind came through Painesville! After “shopping” for steeples, we realized we could build the steeple at a considerable savings. It helped that many of our church members are woodworkers and one was an architect. The architect graciously designed the new steeple and completed the blueprints.
The steeple framework was built in a huge warehouse in three sections. Once the framework was complete, the 3 sections were moved by flatbed truck to the church parking lot. Then, each of the 4,000 cedar shingles were cut to size, shaped, dipped in stain and laid out in the church parking lot to dry. They were then fastened to the outside of each section.
Once the brick bell tower was rebuilt, the refurbished bell was installed into the bell tower. Each of the 3 sections was lifted up one at a time by a crane. The first section was secured to the tower foundation the additional two sections were lifted into place and secured to each other.
Finally, the star and copper ball from the original steeple built in 1862 were lifted up into place. The steeple was complete when the last few shingles, trim work and lighting was installed. The steeple is 142 feet from its base to the top of the star. The project took about 9 months to complete.”
You can see the steeple at First Church Congregational, 22 Liberty St, Painesville, Ohio. http://firstchurchcongregational.org