Encompassing more than 100 feet of new copper, Steeple Square’s upper steeple has been restored through the craftsmanship of Durable Restoration.
Standing at 211-feet, Steeple Square, one of the tallest churches in the Dubuque area, underwent general construction earlier this year. Durable Restoration handled the steeple’s complete metal restoration, and Gronen Restoration, serving as construction manager, repaired the aging clocks, masonry and stained-glass windows.
Steeple Square, the former St. Mary’s Church, required more than 15,000 pounds of copper to create hundreds of flat-lock panels. Chicago Metal Supply used an additional 10,000 pounds of copper to fabricate dozens of decorative pieces, which Durable Restoration crews installed, said AJ Davis, Durable Restoration’s project manager.
General construction began in June and finished at the end of November. Superintendent Jason Lee and his crew installed various copper pieces such as aprons, pans, valleys, fascia, vented dormers, layered dormers, gable ends, finials and gold leafing.