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Broad Street Steeple Illumination Project: Phase One Completed, Phase Two in Progress

Lighting the windows of the steeple has been on the wish list of the Building and Grounds Committee for years, but pressing building needs have had to take precedence.

The steeple stained glass illumination project is now being funded by a donation from Anne Griffin, who shared she wanted to have the windows lit to the glory of God, as a beacon to the city, in honor and loving memory of her husband, long-time Broad Street member Jay Yano, and as a celebration of the artistry of the stained glass.

Worthington-based Sullivan Builders has been working in phases over the past year to light these one-of-a-kind stained glass windows in our steeple. Sullivan VP of Commercial Construction and Broad Street member Will Alexander is leading the project in conjunction with the Facilities and Operations team.

In 2016, Sullivan did the construction and electrical work needed to light the lower east and west windows on the second-highest level of the steeple. The windows are each 7 feet wide by 13 feet tall. They’re now lit by a series of flat LED panels. The work to light the windows was completed just before the anniversary of Jay Yano’s death. The west window is now visible from the corner of Broad Street and Third Avenue.

The lighting plan was inspired by that used at Church of the Covenant, a Presbyterian church in downtown Cleveland.

The old hickory ladders inside the steeple had deteriorated over time and had become unsafe to climb, so the Sullivan team needed to replace them with new Class A ladders.
Given the restrictions of access into the steeple, a five-man crew of workers had to hoist the new ladders from the ground on the outside of the church (at the corner of Broad St. and Garfield), up into the steeple using a pulley system. They then assembled the new ladders inside the steeple and put them in place.

On Friday, May 12, the Sullivan team hoisted a 40-foot Class A two-piece ladder into the steeple’s highest level. It was assembled once inside of the steeple and now enables access to the highest level of the steeple.

All workers wear proper fall protection. It’s 30 feet from one level to the next, and not a mission for the faint-of-heart since team members are working in close proximity to priceless stained glass . . . while staying safe high up inside the steeple.

The Sullivan team is now completing the lighting of the steeple’s four top windows on its north, south, east, and west sides. The team will run conduit and develop similar framing and electrical systems that will enable the windows to be lit automatically every night. This work should be complete by the end of June.




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