Leaning, iconic spire may vanish from Detroit skyline

St. JosaphatThe towering spire of St. Josaphat Roman Catholic Church is one of the most visible landmarks along I-75 near downtown Detroit.

But motorists may have noticed recently that the 210-foot steeple is leaning after strong storms damaged the iconic spire two weeks ago.

The fate of the steeple is now in the hands of the public. This week, the church on E. Canfield is launching a fundraiser called “Save Our Steeple.” If the parish can’t raise enough money – about $1 million, according to some estimates – the spire will be removed and the bell tower capped.

Last week a crew installed cables to secure it and prevent it from crashing to the ground.

The church was built in 1901 to make way for the growing Polish population.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.