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Fundraising Effort Begins To Restore Springfield Campanile

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Officials are looking to raise $20 million to restore a century old landmark in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. 


   The Springfield Campanile – a 300 foot tower that stands between City Hall and Symphony Hall-- requires extensive structural repairs due to age and exposure to the elements, according to the city’s director of buildings Patrick Sullivan.

  " The interior structural steel is rusting and it is pushing out on the limestone blocks. So we need to take the blocks off and treat the steel."

   Officials, Friday, announced a 3  year-year capital campaign to collect $20 million in government funds and private donations.  In addition to the structural repairs the project will include restoring the twelve large bronze bells of the carillon and the tower clock with an illuminated 14- foot dial.

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