Dating to 1754, the Christ Church steeple was the tallest structure in America for over 50 years. Church member Ben Franklin funded its construction through a lottery. John Adams climbed it to seek solace during the Constitutional Conventions, and its bells, cast at the same bell foundry as the Liberty Bell -- called George Washington, Betsy Ross, and numerous other Revolutionary figures to Sunday services.
For centuries the steeple has served as a symbol of revolutionary spirit and a key part of Philadelphia's landscape along the Delaware River. But the ages have taken their toll, and now the steeple needs specialized restoration. It doesn't come cheap.
Over the past three years, Christ Church Preservation Trust, a secular nonprofit charged with maintaining the historic properties of Christ Church in Old City, has campaigned to save America's Steeple. We've raised over $2.5 million so far and have a little under $600,000 to go.
To help us raise social awareness, a private historic preservation donor -- and huge Phillies fan -- says he will contribute $2 for every $1 we raise in a crowdsourcing campaign (up to $10,000). And another fan of Philly history wants to help. Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler says he will have coffee with a selected GoFundMe contributor and three of his/her friends.
For every $25 you donate to our campaign, your name will be entered into a drawing for Coffee with Kap. The winner's name will be selected one month from today (Wednesday, May 15) at the opening of the seasonal Farmers Market at Christ Church along Church Street.
Help save an iconic Philadelphia landmark. Help us restore America's Steeple.
- Raymond Vanderhyden
- William Scott Thorp
- Doug McGhee
- David Allan
- Alexis Bataillon
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