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Sky-High Steeple

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Corken Mar19 1

It points like a finger to the sky, stars and heavens. Standing at 211 feet, Steeple Square, the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church, is one of the tallest churches in the Dubuque, Iowa, area. During general construction last year, the steeple’s existing sheet metal was replaced with more than 100 feet of new copper from Corken Steel Products Co., Covington, Ky. Durable Restoration, Columbus, Ohio, was the installer, and the project’s general manager was Gronen Restoration, Dubuque. Chicago-based Chicago Metal Supply & Fabrication Inc. fabricated all of the steeple’s intricate pieces that had stamp work and also the cross on top. Removed steeple elements were used as molds to fabricate matching copper elements. Steeples are often the highest point within their vicinity and are unprotected from the high winds generated by storms—but copper offers protection. “We know how copper works, how it moves, expands and contracts,” says A.J. Davis, Durable Restoration’s project manager. “We put in the time and research to find the best methods that will ensure a long-lasting copper installation.”