Artsy Fartsy: Toppled Steeple

In the fall of 2004, the 150th anniversary of the building of St. Raphael was celebrated. Soon after, in the fall and winter of 2004, a new copper and stainless steel steeple replaced a badly deteriorating wooden steeple.  The parish was just beginning to enjoy the new steeple when – early in the morning of March 14, 2005 – a fire set by an arsonist spread from the choir loft throughout the church.  The entire roof burned and caved in, but the steeple withstood the fire.

Info Here: St. Raphael Cathedral History

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