Tower Takedown & Disassembly Project
Rehabilitation of the First Parish Church Meetinghouse Tower began with the safe removal of the damaged upper portion in September 2015, and the disassembly and removal of the damaged top in January, 2016.
Read about these projects in the related news items and blog posts below.
Project Reports & Updates
Work is underway to repair the base of the Tower at the Meetinghouse in East Derry, part of the ongoing multi-year preservation effort.
Breaking down the Tower Top and moving its pieces to offsite storage.
FPC lowered the unsafe Meetinghouse Tower Top to the ground in September, where it provided an impressive view at the top of East Derry hill through the holidays. Now it is being dissembled and transported to keep it safer from the weather as it undergoes two years of repairs and restoration.
Early videos of the FPC Meetinghouse Tower Takedown.
Photos of the tower top lift and landing, the new roof flying up, and the top secured on the lawn.
Final preparations, and the arrival of the crane.
A brief preview of what will happen the day the FPC Meetinghouse tower top comes down.
Some details on the Sept. 9th Tower Takedown, with photos from the site on Sept. 1st and 2nd.
Timbers, a roof, a tree, and clockworks.
More trim removal, and Takedown rescheduled to Sept. 9,
Uncovering hidden timbers and continuing the great disconnect.
The PTF crew continues to prepare the top.
PTF begins rigging and takedown prep.
Staging goes up to provide access for takedown prep.
Update on the Tower Top Takedown plans and schedule.