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Following through at Whitespires Church

Written February 23rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Looking east this afternoon at Fifth and Washington in Albany.

It was 46 degrees at 2 this afternoon and sunny. As long as the sun shines, cold weather evidently is no deterrent when it comes to refreshing the paint on a historic Albany church.

In a story here on February 8, I reported on the ongoing effort to repair and maintain the Whitespires Church at Fifth Avenue and Washington Street. It’s a joint project by the two congregations that share the 1891 building.

The Berean Fellowship Church  is funding the work, and the Calvary Chapel Albany is having it done through a contractor friend of the church, Pastor Dan Berg of Calvary Chapel told me at the time.

If you like, you can read the story here.

An early part of the job was to fix leaks in the roof, and painting the exterior was to come next. Today, as I went by the church, I could not help noticing that they were following through on what I was told. (hh)

The worker in that bucket was using a paint gun at the top of the steeple when I looked up.



6 responses to “Following through at Whitespires Church”

  1. Kathryn Biggio says:

    Fantastic! What a glorious structure!! Makes the city smile!!

  2. hj.anony1 says:

    Great Picture (second) HH! but…. i wonder what is that yellowish gold through the vented window area?

    Is it light through a stained glass? One I doubt. Is it a cross?

    Otherwise I am curious. Looking at it again before i “comment”.

  3. Al Nyman says:

    Cara should pay for fixing up the church as it is about the only building in the historical area worth saving because it is absolutely beautiful and unique.

    • Sharon Konopa says:

      CARA did pay for the Whitespire’s last paint job, Al.
      CARA’s assistance for historic preservation was for a one time kick to set the path for a property to not need future assistance. CARA was not for a property’s on-going maintenance.


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