St. Stephen Church breaks ground on $6.2 million renovation

June 7, 2017 | Updated: 1:12 p.m., June 7, 2017

NEW ORLEANS -- St. Stephen Catholic Church is breaking ground on a $6.2 million restoration project.

Church representatives say the building hasn't been upgraded for at least a century and is suffering from wear and tear, specifically, damage from water intrusion.

The restoration project will pay particular attention to the historic significance of the building.

The German Gothic church is known for its iconic spire and historically significant organ and stained glass windows.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond presided over today’s ceremony.

St. Stephens serves a diverse congregation of more than 1,000 parishioners who contributed a large amount of funds to the project.

The church should be restored in about a year.