The church bell tower and steeple were completely encased with pipe scaffolding in order to dismantle and rebuild.
The circular windows were rebuilt to match existing design.
A crane was used to install the new steeple framing onto the rebuilt brick masonry walls of the tower.
Rebuilt and restored, the 115 year old bell tower stands proud amidst a changed neighborhood of much younger buildings.
Tower dimensions and detailing were carefully recorded and photographed before repairs began.
Although constructed nearly 50 years apart – Assumption Church in the 1880's and Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in 1932 – and employing contrasting construction methods and materials, the bell tower of each had deteriorated to the point of danger and needed imminent repair. In each case, the church fathers determined that a faithful restoration best served the long-term needs of their congregations and communities. Central Building & Preservation's staff worked with church leadership to establish a workscope that was sensitive to budget considerations while at the same time accomplishing durable wall and bell repairs and restoring architectural detailing.