Washington National Cathedral to Reopen in November After Repairs

By BRETT ZONGKER | October 5, 2011

The earthquake-damaged Washington National Cathedral plans to reopen on Nov. 12 but says it must raise tens of millions of dollars to repair all the damage to the building.

The reopening announced Tuesday will mark the first time the cathedral has resumed its services since the 5.8-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 23.

Three of the four spires of the cathedral’s central tower were damaged during the earthquake. Intricate stonework was shaken loose and fell onto the building’s roof. Major cracks also formed in parts of the structure.

Cathedral officials revealed Tuesday that they need to raise $25 million for the restoration work and the building’s operations. At least $15 million will be needed for the initial repairs and another $10 million for operations through the end of 2012.

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