Trinity Episcopal Church Steeple Restoration

Watertown, NY


Holmes▪King▪Kallquist & Associates, working with The Stopen Engineering Partnership, restored this 150-foot-tall steeple.  The exterior stone veneer, which was bulging outward severly, was re-secured to the structural stone core with epoxy-anchored stainless steel rods, and then grouted together.  The stone veneer was fully pointed and all brick-trim bands were replaced.  The original hollow terra-cotta belfry columns were replaced with matching solid cast stone columns to improve bearing capacities.  The steeple roof was straightened, re-anchored to the tower, re-sheathed, and then re-roofed in Granville Red slate to match the original roof.  The four original copper turret roofs were replicated, as were the original copper hip caps, and the finial cross.  The project was partially funded by a grant from the Environmental Bond Act.



2003 Design Award
Merit Award –
Historic Preservation
Central New York American Institute of Architects

2002 Preservation League Award
Excellence in Historic
Preservation Preservation League of New York State