PORTLAND, Maine — The steeple on a nearly 200-year-old Portland church is undergoing its first major renovation.
Stephen Jenks, president of the First Parish Church’s trustees, says the steeple has deteriorated to the point where the renovation is necessary. He says the balustrade, a railing just below the belfry, rotted and was removed late last year, and other parts of the structure are showing signs of wear and tear that need to be addressed.
The job includes removing the uppermost part of the steeple, the belfry, and hauling it to Vermont for repairs.
He told the Portland Press Herald the work is designed to be historically accurate, down to the type of wood that’s used.
Construction on the church was completed in 1826.
The work will cost about $220,000.