The uppermost 30' was blown off the steeple in a storm. There were two problems. How to make this spire more durable; and what will that do to the appearance.
The original spire was open. We determined that the new spire needed to be enclosed to provide more guts for the structural parts. You will see on the downloadable PDFs that there is extensive custom hardware for connection of the spire to the steeple structure.
One of the design touches was using lead-coated copper in the 'louvered' panels to contrast with the rest of the spire. The spire was replaced in 1996. The photos are recent.
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