Updated 11/19/13 – 8:00 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A neighborhood landmark is coming down; the wind-damaged steeple atop the 121-year-old Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church in Avondale has become loose, and must be removed.
CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports the steeple proved no match for Sunday’s severe weather, which buffeted the four-story structure with repeated wind gusts. Local residents said the steeple could be seen swaying dangerously in the strong winds.
An inspection by city engineers showed the four-story steeple was held to the church structure below by only two steel beams. The others had been broken.