Springfield’s campanile: What repairs are needed?

Hampden County

Springfield’s historic campanile next to city hall is costing more to fix than originally thought.

The cost to repair the campanile has raised quite a bit over the years. In 2013, the 22News I-Team reported it would cost $13 million to fix the campanile — it’s now $25 million.

A restored campanile would include replacing the elevator, restoring the clock and bells, and creating a display room and educational exhibit.

As for a long-term solution, the city has no timeline, but they’ll look to get funds from state and federal grants.

Over the years moisture in the limestone has caused the steel underneath to rust and the stonework to crack.

In 2008, the city put steel reinforced fiberglass netting around three corners of the campanile.

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