Steeples, Spires, Turrets, and Towers

Steeple History | Design & Engineering | Installation | Rigging & Hoisting

Whether you’re looking for a magnificent steeple for your Church, Cathedral, Basilica, other religious figure, or building, Custom Cupola & Steeple Co. Ltd. has the expertise for your project. We have extensive experience and capability in the design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and restoration of Steeples, Spires and Turrets. We take great pride in being the recognized experts in this field of specialized design and construction. We have the ability to design and construct steeples, spires and turrets from an inspirational design idea.

Custom Cupola & Steeple Co. Ltd. offer custom steeples in a wide variety of styles, sizes and materials and can be finished in variety of materials; clad with prefinished aluminum, copper, patina copper, lead coated copper, zinc, other exterior metal cladding, cedar, shingles, slate and other materials. The design, quality, and construction will be a testament to the organizations commitment to the community as it will be viewed by all, and careful attention to detail is a prerequisite.
SteepleInsert2.jpgWe invite you to contact us to discuss your project in detail. We offer assistance in the complete construction process through any stage of the project from conceptual design to the completion of the project. We encourage you to leverage our experience to accomplish your goals in an efficient and economical manner. We offer the ability to accessorize your steeple with custom built finials, crosses or weathervanes complete with a Lightning Protection System. Consider windows and louvers in your design. Or, we can build your architect’s unique design and vision. Either way, your steeple will be custom built just for you.

Steeple History

A steeple is a tall tower on a building, often topped by a spire. Steeples are very common on Christian churches and cathedrals and the use of the term generally connotes a religious structure. They may be stand-alone structures, or incorporated into the entrance or center of the building.

The origins of pointed tops on buildings (steeples) traces as far back as architecture itself, individuals trying to “reach the heavens”. It was not until the rise of the organized religious philosophies that would once again blend in the right mixture to produce steeples, spires and turrets to crown buildings of worship. Most landmarks in the world’s greatest cities are often a church, cathedral, basilica, or other religious structure; Montreal and Paris both have the famous Notre Dame Cathedral’s, India’s Taj Mahal, Rome’s Vatican including St. Peters Basilica, Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, England’s Canterbury Cathedral and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Istanbul’s The Blue Mosque.

Steeples as we know them were largely an innovation of the English, inspired by Gothic spires of Germany and France, but popularized through the dominance of Sir Christopher Wren’s building authority in London following the Great Fire of 1666.  The steeple is the only surviving external architectural trait which the earliest North American settlers would allow to remain in the design of North American church buildings.

Design and Engineering

Steeples have to be well integrated into its building. Load stresses for big steeples, spire and turrets are not questionable things, and movement of big heavy steeples is an engineering matter as far as a building’s frame is concerned. Custom Cupola & Steeple Co. Ltd. has the complete team to engineer the structural strength the building.

SteepleInsert1.jpgWe are able to restore historical buildings that require care and precise workmanship. We have experience in removal and reinstallation of bells, removing old steeples and restoration to prestigious condition and many more. Our craftsmen are capable of accessing the most remote locations through our Remote Rope Access Division.

Custom Cupola & Steeple Co. Ltd. has professional Engineering services available for your unique project. We have been commissioned to design, engineer, build and restore steeples, domes, large custom cupolas, complex dormers, roofs and other decorative building elements. Our engineers and designers can provide stamped engineered drawings for your project and will work with your Architects, Engineers and Consultants on your project to ensure an efficient and quality installation.

We have full 3D computer design capability that can aid in visual design and finish choices. 
We invite you to utilize our expertise to aid in all phases of your project from initial conceptual design through final inspection and certification. We are the experts in our field and our Design Team and Engineers are always excited to tackle another complex project. We love what we do and our creativity and experience can provide your project with a one of a kind design that will stand the test of time.

Installation

We have been manufacturing custom steeples, spires and turrets for many religious buildings, home owners and organizations with a track record of proven success. Our modular approach to building allows us to complete many projects in their entirety within our manufacturing facility. Other projects require more onsite work on the ground prior to hoisting with a crane and others require that they be built in place. Custom Cupola & Steeple Co. Ltd. has experience in all of these construction methods.

steepleInsert3.jpgWe are capable of providing a complete solution to your project. Projects that can be pre-manufactured can be wide load transported to many locations throughout North America. Our specialized team members can travel to your location to install your steeple, spire or turret.

Custom Cupola & Steeple Co. Ltd. has extensive experience in Remote Rope Access work and has the capability to access the most remote locations safely and efficiently to perform our work.

Rigging and Hoisting

Installation of such a complex structure such as a steeple should be carried out by a team of professionals who have experience. Custom Cupola & Steeple Co. Ltd. has a history of successful projects that have included very complex crane lifts in excess of 50 tons per lift. Our team is highly experienced in rigging and hoisting and can provide the building owner a much more efficient construction and installation of their projects. We specialize in completing the majority of the construction and fabrication work on the ground or in our manufacturing facility and utilizing a crane to hoist it safely onto the building. Thereby reducing the risks associated with the projects, the cost of remote access work and multiple cranes, and the efficiency of the entire schedule.

Custom Cupola & Steeple Co. Ltd. has installed steeples and other complex structures of all shapes and sizes to very close tolerances in construction. We are insured to carry out this work and provide additional coverage on our hoisting projects to protect the building owner.

The rigging and hoisting of such large and complex structures is not within the capabilities of your average firm. We are specialists in this work, we have the experience and history to prove it.

Custom Cupola supplies and installs steeples, turrets and spires in the Ontario market including Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, St. Catharines and beyond.

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