published Monday, May 12th, 2014

Historic Savannah church gets $650K in maintenance

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The 123-year-old steeple of one of Savannah's historic churches is covered in scaffolding while it undergoes $650,000 worth of maintenance.

The Savannah Morning News reports the Independent Presbyterian Church in downtown Savannah has no major structural issues. Associate pastor Ron Parrish says the cast-iron steeple merely needs sandblasting, painting and sealing. He says the project's biggest cost is the scaffolding that took a month to erect.

The church dates to 1819, but its original wooden steeple burned in a large fire 70 years later. That's why the congregation made its replacement out of cast iron.

Church officials say maintenance work on the steeple is supposed to be finished in August, though it could be sooner.

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