National Cathedral Needs $15M Quake Fix

And 'tens of millions' still to come
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 5, 2011 2:42 AM CDT
The National Cathedral.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The National Cathedral needs at least $15 million in initial earthquake repair. The church remains closed as workmen scramble to stabilize large stone pinnacles and other structures shaken loose in the August earthquake. The chief stone mason believes it will take at least 10 years to repair all the damage, though officials hope to have basic safety repairs completed so the cathedral can open next month, reports the Washington Post. “The short-term priorities are stabilizing the building, reopening the cathedral, and continuing its operations and mission,” said a church statement. Full restoration is expected to cost “tens of millions of dollars,” and the cathedral “will seek contributions from across the country.”

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