|Contractors at New Orleans Seminary attach a steel cable to the spire high atop the Leavell Chapel steeple. The steeple, which suffered structural damage during Hurricane Katrina, will be replaced in the coming months. Photo by Jimmy Cole |
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--A beacon of hope following Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary steeple, is down, but only for a season.
The aluminum-clad steel steeple, which stretched 170 feet above the seminary campus, remained in place during the storm and suffered only minor external damage. However, the internal steel structure was damaged beyond repair and seminary officials opted to remove the steeple so it can be replaced. For the next four to six months Leavell Chapel will be without its steeple.
Patterned after the steeple of the first Baptist church in America, First Baptist Church of Providence, R.I., the NOBTS steeple was installed atop Leavell Chapel in 1975. Over the years the steeple became of symbol of the seminary’s mission to be a “lighthouse” for the Gospel in the city of New Orleans. Read More