Trinity church continues to rebuild a year after its devastating fire

Trinity church continues to rebuild a year after its devastating fire

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It has been a bit over a year since a massive fire engulfed Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on 9th St. and Highland Ave. in Milwaukee.

The damage from the May 15, 2018 fire was catastrophic.

Work to restore Trinity’s roof nears completion. Photo via Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee.

Immediately following, it was unclear if the church, which is one of Milwaukee’s oldest, could even be salvaged. The church’s towering spires tumbled through through the roof, causing it to collapse, too. And with the roof jeopardized, the brick walls were also weakened significantly. The church had to take immediate action to shore them up in order to save the building from crumbling.

The restoration work began right away. Crews installed a temporary roof and braced the walls, ensuring nothing else would collapse. Over the last year, workers have been rebuilding the structure using steel, ensuring strength and fire protection.

Now, according to OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo, the congregation in on track to complete the first and most important phase rebuilding — the roof — this summer.

Photo via Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee.

Click the player above for more about the effort to restore the historic Milwaukee church on this episode of Urban Spelunking. And be sure to read Bobby’s complete story at OnMilwaukee.

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