Contractor Anthony DiGiammo came up with amodern solution for restoring the steeple of an 1830s church: replace the failed old wood spire with a faithful restoration crafted out of 1/4-inch aluminum plate.
Andy DiGiammo Contractor Anthony DiGiammo came up with amodern solution for restoring the steeple of an 1830s church: replace the failed old wood spire with a faithful restoration crafted out of 1/4-inch aluminum plate.

When a windstorm damaged the spire on his local Roman Catholic church, Taunton, Mass., design-builder Andy DiGiammo took on the challenge of restoring the structure.

Such a project is hardly unique in New England, says DiGiammo: Most of the area’s towns — even small ones — have several churches that may date back to the early 1800s, and the steeples often suffer from deterioration. “A lot of the old churches, the spire or the whole steeple is gone,” he says. “They’re complicated and expensive to maintain and...

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