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COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Organizers say they’ve raised more than $160,000 toward the first of needed repairs on a 75-year-old church that launched a southern Indiana city’s Modernist architectural legacy.

The money will pay for restoration of a skylight leaking rainwater into the sanctuary of First Christian Church in Columbus. The (Columbus) Republic reports the church built in 1942 was the first of the city’s 78 examples of Modernist architecture.

The skylight focuses natural light on the limestone cross at the front of the sanctuary and is considered a signature feature of the church that also has a 166-foot-tall free-standing bell tower. Church leaders say leaks have damaged the church’s organ pipes and ceiling.

Organizers expect they’ll need at least $1 million to cover all the church’s needed repairs.


Information from: The Republic,