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 repair, and church budgets are very limited these days. But you can’t just send...

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