Bird’s Eye View: St. Stanislaus Church

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Those driving along I-43 south of downtown Milwaukee in recent months may have noticed St. Stanislaus Church covered in scaffolding, including its landmark twin spires.

Since last fall the church at 524 W. Historic Mitchell St. has been undergoing extensive repairs.

Perhaps most notable among the repair work is the re-roofing of the steeple domes with copper material, matching the original material used when the building was constructed in 1872, according to city permit records. When extensive repairs were made in the 1960s, the copper domes were completely removed and reconstructed using aluminum-covered steel, according to the church website.

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Columns in the lantern portion of the steeples are also being clad in copper. The cupola at the west end is getting a similar treatment. In addition, the crosses atop the three re-roofed structures are being re-gilded.

The refurbished domes were installed back onto the building in mid-September.

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