Steeple at St. Rose to be restored PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 02 November 2012 10:13
St. Rose Parish (Photo provided)
PERRYSBURG - Work is underway to restore St. Rose Parish's steeple following a fire that damaged the church this spring.
"We got back to business very quickly, as you know," said the church's pastor, Msgr. Marvin Borger. "(Parishioners) have been very patient and understanding."
The nearly 120-year-old church building was struck by lightning during a storm in April, causing a fire in the steeple which also precipitated the fall of the cross crowning the structure.
The blackened tip of the damaged steeple was visible throughout the city until early in October, when the topmost third of the steeple was removed.
"We're kind of in the middle of it," said Borger of the repair work. "Repairing the steeple is a two-step process. We accomplished the first step recently."
The new replacement tip of the steeple is being built in Campbellsville, Ky., by Campbellsville Industries, Inc., which also built the steeple for Historic Church of St. Patrick in Toledo. The old steeple is being used as a model for the new.
"Probably the week after Thanksgiving is when it's due to be lifted up and put on top. So we're hoping to have it all finished by Dec. 1," depending on weather conditions.
"They lift up the new part, and they're going to lift up a new cross," said Borger, noting that the installation of the new portion of the steeple will take two days to complete. Copper shingles will be placed atop the new section as well, and that work will be done on-site. Borger indicated that the shingles will be of the natural reddish color of the metal at first, but will slowly oxidize to match the green hue of the rest of the steeple.
The church is additionally having a lightning protection system installed internally within the church's attic. That is also expected to be in place by the end of November.
"When we're done, it's going to be the same height, same design."
The cost of the project, upwards of $400,000, is being covered entirely by insurance.
"They're looking forward, obviously, to having the steeple back and the cross on top," Borger said of St. Rose's churchgoers. "Again, they've been very patient with it and I think they'll be very happy to have it complete."

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