Steeple Reconstruction

After 92 years, church restores steeple

A Washington D-C church is reclaiming its place in the city's skyline. For half a century, the steeple of Calvary Baptist Church soared 160 feet into the sky. It came down in 1913 after it was damaged by a tornado. More than 90 years later, the steeple will again tower above surrounding buildings. A replica of the original steeple is being hoisted into place today -- Lincoln's birthday -- atop the church that was founded by abolitionists. Unlike the original cast-iron spire, this one is made of aluminum and fiberglass. Architects based their designs on an 1865 photo by legendary Civil War photographer Matthew Brady.