Amid mounting concerns about its structural integrity, the historic steeple that stands above the Tisbury town hall will be removed next month, the town facilities manager Kirk Metell said this week.

“I’m excited,” Mr. Metell said of the project, which will involve the use of an off-Island crane company and temporary closure of much of Spring street. “It’s a very important project with a lot of history,” he said.

The steeple will be removed beginning on Dec. 1, Mr. Metell said (earlier plans to begin the work between Nov. 9 and Nov. 12 were changed). The bell and weathervane will be removed first, then the steeple will be lifted into a flatbed truck. The steeple will be taken to a spot near the Department of Public Works building on High Point Lane where it will be kept until the town sells or otherwise disposes of it. If everything goes according to plan, the bell and weathervane will be preserved, Mr. Metell said. The weathervane was made by the well-known late Island metal craftsman Travis Tuck.

Project to remove the steeple is set to begin Nov. 9. — Mark Alan Lovewell

The removal part of project is estimated to cost about $100,000. A the annual town meeting in April, Tisbury voters approved $400,000 for the steeple project, including $200,000 in Community Preservation Act funds. (They also voted to buy a parcel of land on William street to eventually build a new town hall.)

Meanwhile, the town hall will be steeple-less for the winter while the town puts out bids for construction of a new, much lighter version. Mr. Metell said the Tisbury historic commission is requiring a replacement to be obtained within two years.

“The new one is going to be as close as we can [get to the original steeple] but it’s going to be constructed out of something other than wood,” he said. “It will either be an aluminum or a fiberglass structure.”

He said the roof of the building is solid beneath the steeple, and only minimal patching will be required to make the building weatherproof.

The classic New England-style town hall was originally a church and dates in 1844. Today it houses town offices on the lower floor and the Katharine Cornell Theatre on the second floor.

The church was originally one story, but sometime in the late 1800s the building was raised to create a second floor beneath the original one. The new first floor housed town offices and the fire department. The town bought the property in 1920 from retired whaling Capt. Gilbert L. Smith, who had also been a selectman.

In 1971, the building underwent extensive restoration funded by a gift from the Peter C. Cornell trust.