The steeple at Philadelphia’s historic Christ Church is leaning. The steeple has a pronounced tilt to it, one that has compromised its structural integrity. The tilt developed over the church’s three-century history and is now leaning 22 inches at the peak.
The landmark church is now getting a bit of help. The National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency, has given the church a $500,000 grant for the repair. Right now, the major problems that exist are rotted wood and structural failures that are contributing to the overall lean of the church.
Christ Church is not any old structure in the historic city of Philadelphia. The historical value of the church is hard to understate since notable members of this church include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and even Betsy Ross. This makes the repairs even more important.