ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – After Hurricane Irma, damage estimates continue climbing for people.
In St. Johns County, an historic church only knows the bill for repair will be big, but can’t determine yet exactly how much it’ll need.
Memorial Presbyterian Church is an iconic part of the St. Augustine skyline and is a popular stop for tourists to take pictures and tours of the sanctuary.
If it’s ever going to look the same, members of the 127-year-old church in the Ancient City need help from the community.
“It is not only an historical treasure for the people who call this place their spiritual home, but it is an historical treasure for our entire city,” said Memorial Presbyterian Church Pastor Hunter Camp.
Memorial Presbyterian Church was commissioned and built by Henry Flagler in the late 19th century.
“He built the church in honor of his daughter Jenny Louise Benedict, who happened to die in childbirth,” Camp said. “They were quite close.”
The church has been through hurricanes before, but Irma left marks, including the cross that toppled on the iconic copper dome.
“The cross is about 25 feet tall,” Camp said. “With the crashing of the cross onto the dome, there are now gashes in the dome, where it’s possible that we have seepage.”
Camp said the Spanish tile is in disarray — blown off the roof in some places. A spire flew off and hit the north side tile roof. The…