First Phase of National Cathedral’s Restoration Finished

The Washington National Cathedral has finished the first phase of restoration work needed after an earthquake in 2011.

The iconic Episcopal cathedral in Northwest D.C. is holding a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss details of the restoration work, estimated to cost a total of $32 million. Additional restoration work is expected to take years.

The cathedral was badly damaged by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake Aug. 23, 2011. The quake caused stonework to fall from the building's towers and other damage.

Construction of the church began in 1907 and finished in 1990. The cathedral often hosts national events.

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