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Carole Mikita reporting The Washington DC skyline has a new addition tonight-- a church steeple. It's part of a reconstruction project that is 92 years in the making. And a Utah company made the steeple.

Last month, Unlimited Designs left to deliver it to the church located five blocks from the White House. The trip was well worth it.

An excited crowd gathered outside Calvary Baptist Church in downtown Washington to watch history recreated.

A new 5 1/2 ton steeple is a replica built to replace the original damaged in a hurricane 92 years ago. A photograph by civil war photographer Matthew Brady made the reconstruction possible.

The Utah company then digitally redesigned, offering a computerized pattern for to create the structure. The million dollar piece crowns a historic building that has been at the corner of h street since 1867.

Bill Harris and his wife have attended Calvary for nearly 50 years. They say the push for this reconstruction is inspired by the changing neighborhood around them.

The construction boom in Washington helped fund renovations for the Church and made it possible for a Utah company to complete a DC landmark.

Also waiting is the church's original bell, made in 1869. It will have a new home and ring once again now that the steeple is in place.

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