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Construction images of steeple repair at Prince of PeaceThe work of SSRG can be found all across OTR. They make countless structures possible, reinforcing old buildings to prepare them for redevelopment or renovation. A recent example can be seen at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Race Street.

According to the website, the stunning structure on Race Street “was constructed  in 1871. It is made with the traditional Gothic architectural style that was commonly used in the German architectural style.” Needless to say, through its nearly 150-year history, it has need some upgrades and modifications. A comprehensive roof repair was being led by HKC Roofing, which included slate repairs, redoing the copper and the steeple dormers, and new louvers, removing the cross for cleaning and repairs, and repairing the towering steeple, and reinstalling the cross. In order to complete these repairs, they reached out to SSRG for support..

The steeple repairs required scaffolding all the way around it, all the way to the top. SSRG constructed a support structure that would support the scaffolding the HKC needed in order to do their work. This support structured went through the existing roof and on top of the trusses. They were custom-created to provide the strength and safety needed for the HKC team, while still delicately preserving the historic structure.

The steeple has been leaning for years, and SSRG was tasked with adjusting it. While still impacted by its age, the team was able to vastly improve its setup and it is now much more stable. The untrained eye would hardly discern any lean at all.

While the SSRG team was working, the HKC team noticed the the reinstalled cross wasn’t totally straight. So the SSRG team worked their way to the tip of the steeple, where the cross sits on an 8″x8″ that is 16′ long, and adjusted the cross support so that it was in line with the rest of the steeple. The space at the top of the steeple was narrow, with just enough room for one person to brace it out. Another SSRG team member kept an eye on the end result, maintaining communication with the tower. The cross was moved approximately 12″.