Oxford Church Restoring 145 Year Old Bell And Tower

Bell being taken down at Immanuel Church in Oxford, MI
Workers from Lee Industrial Contracting in Pontiac bring down the 145-year-old bell at the Immanuel Congregational Church in Oxford. The Bell and the tower will be restored and put back in place as part of a restoration project. photo courtesy CJ Carnacchio (Matt Fahr Media News Group)

A unique restoration project has begun at the Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Oxford.

The bell and tower that were part of the original structure built in 1878 need to be repaired and the process to restore them began after the bell was removed from the tower on Monday.

Lee Industrial Contracting from Pontiac used a crane to bring down the 1,700-pound 42-inch diameter bell, which will be refurbished by Brosamer’s Bells in Brooklyn, Mich. Detroit Steeplejack will be restoring the tower.

“Everything went as planned this morning and this gets us off to a good start without adding anything to our list of things that need to be done,” said Art Nagasaki, property and grounds manager for Immanuel Congregational. “I am very pleased with how things have gone to this point.”


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