WACO (June 13, 2013)--Since March the Central Christian Church on Lakeshore Drive in Waco has looked a bit barren, but that changed Thursday afternoon when church’s landmark steeple was restored to the perch from which it was removed in March for restoration.
The 6,100-pound, 63-1/2-foot spire was removed for restoration after it suffered significant damage during a May 2011 thunderstorm, Senior Minister Brian Coats said.
The steeple is visible for miles and its absence was conspicuous.
The steel steeple was designed by Henry Jung, of Abington, Pa., and the same design was later used in projects at churches across the U.S.
It was manufactured by Campbellsville Industries, Inc., Campbellsville, Ky., which is where it was sent for repair.
The work cost about $60,000.
The base of the steeple is 6-feet, 9-inches square and it sits on a steel foundation above the church bell tower.
Former Waco Mayor Jim Bush served as project manager for the repair.
The church moved to its present location in 1980, after occupying a building at 11th and Washington Avenue, near downtown, since 1886.
The steeple first was erected Sept. 2, 1988.
Central Christian Church was organized in Waco in 1867 at which time members met in different homes.