St. Raphael Cathedral Church – Steeple Restoration

The timeless St. Raphael’s Cathedral in Madison, Wisconsin is a Catholic parish located on the downtown main street of the city. This cathedral has a long and interesting history, dating back to the small church that marked the parish’s beginning in 1840. The cathedral took on renovations slowly throughout its history, meaning some portions of the building like the steeple remained untouched for decades.

In 2004, this steeple was in desperate need of repair after standing for more than 150 years. Heather & Little was proud to be chosen as the choice steeple repair contractors for this project.

Church Steeple Repair and Copper Shingles

The restoration of this church steeple required an entire reconstruction of the 150 year old wood frame steeple. Reconstruction involved new structural steel framing, stainless steel cladding and decorative finials, and copper sheet metal ornaments throughout the entirety of the piece. Our craftsmen used a number of different materials and techniques to ensure a historically accurate restoration of the piece, including:

  • Stainless steel sheet metal
  • Pressed copper shingles
  • Stainless steel ornaments, finials
  • Cornice work
  • Hip rolls
  • Belfry arches, capitols, and dormers.

The completed project took seven flatbed trucks to ship the completed steeple for its final assembly in Madison, and was included as one of the top ten projects in the state of Wisconsin for 2004. To learn more about this church steeple repair and copper shingles project, view the images below:


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