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Independent Presbyterian Church steeple repair work continues

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If you've been down on Bull Street, you might have noticed the scaffolding around the historic Independent Presbyterian Church.

Months ago, that was the same site at St. John the Baptist Cathedral as crews worked to repair its' cracking steeples. That's exactly what's going on at the Independent Presbyterian Church.

"There's a lot of repair work that has to be done. The mortar in the bricks has deteriorated and has to be repaired, and then there's certain other joints that have to be repaired to keep it weather stable," said Senior Minister Terry Johnson.

The scaffolding went up a few weeks ago, according to Johnson. But the real work hasn't even began yet.

Church members are pleased that the work is being done, but many can't wait for the eyesore to go.

"This is one of the architectural treasures for the city, and to have it wrapped up basically for months at a time is unfortunate," said Johnson. "I feel badly for the tourist who want to come see the great steeple because it's a treasure."

The church is also refurbishing the pews, the floors, and much more. This has been in the works since 2009, and the church is using existing funds from a previous capital campaign to pay for it all.

The work on the steeples is expected to last for at least six months.

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