Wednesday, November 23 2011
POSEY CO., IN - A New Harmony landmark is getting a bit of a face list.
Construction crews are replacing more than 20,000 wood shingles on the Roofless Church, which is famous for its 50 foot dome structure.
Koester Construction has been working on the Roofless Church since August.
Crews are finishing up the shingle replacement; just the tip of the dome still needs to be replaced.
Jeffrey Koester said the construction has been planned for about five years, and thousands of wood shingles were about ten years past their time to be replaced.
They've had to wait on fixing up the dome since it is so popular for weddings in the warm summer months.
Things have been running smoothly so far, according to Koester, and they hope to be finished up December.
"It's not as tough as it is time consuming and tedious. Every shingle has to be cut to fit the radius and the arc of the dome," he said.
Koester said construction wouldn't have been possible if they hadn't found the original blue print for the dome about four years ago.