Every village, town and city has a skyline of building silhouettes that define its personality, place in history and priorities. Historically church spires and steeples were the tallest and most identifiable building types in a skyline, and they still are today when historic communities impose strict height restrictions on new development. The spear-like profile of the spire is the unique form that identifies the building’s use.
Spires and steeples—what is the difference between the two? More at Lancaster Newspapers on-line.