Thursday, April 24, 2014
Last fall, the belfry, lantern and spire were removed from the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Congress Street in Portland and the components from the top of the historic building were trucked off to Vermont for repairs.
This morning a crane is blocking Congress Street and the sidewalk in front of the church as work crews replace the parts that have been missing since last October. They will be installed above the 1802 Simon Willard tower clock that is a well-known sight in the city.
The "Stone Church" was dedicated in February 1826 at the Congress street location.
At the time, a group of nine parishioners purchased the 600 pound cut-glass chandelier which still hangs in the Meeting House. The chandelier is complete with a cannonball.
Here are some images from the beginning of today's project.
Karen Beaudoin is an online editor for Maine Today Media and contributes two blogs to the company's websites.
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