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Century-old concrete pinnacles deteriorating at top of Basilica

Work is being done to determine the damage before moving ahead with remediation as it's considered a safety issue

Restoration work is in its early stages at the top of Guelph's most famous landmark.

The pinnacles at the top of the towers of the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate are deteriorating to the point where they've become a safety issue.

"The Diocese of Hamilton has commissioned work first to build a safety scaffold so that no concrete falls on anyone walking below, and then to determine the extent of the deterioration, doing rather extensive imaging of the pinnacles, and then move forward with remediating the problem," Father Ian Duffy, the pastor at the church, said in an email to GuelphToday.

The pinnacles are made of pre-cast concrete from the 1920's.

He said the work is being supervised by the diocese, but a timeline on how long the work will take, or how much work is needed, is unknown.

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