National Cathedral Repairs To Cost $25M | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

National Cathedral Repairs To Cost $25M

Play associated audio

Three of the four spires from the main tower of the National Cathedral broke off during Tuesday's earthquake. The broken spires are visible on the tower in the center of the photo.
Patrick Madden
Three of the four spires from the main tower of the National Cathedral broke off during Tuesday's earthquake. The broken spires are visible on the tower in the center of the photo.

Repairing damage to the National Cathedral caused by the Aug. 23 earthquake and resuming normal operations there may be more expensive than what had been originally estimated. The National Cathedral will need to raise $25 million over the coming year to get back to normal, cathedral officials now say. 

Of that, $15 million will be used for the initial repairs to the English Gothic cathedral, such as removing, repairing, and re-attaching the stone pinnacles, finials, pillars, and gargoyles damaged by the earthquake. The stone mason overseeing the project thinks it may take a decade or more to fully undo the destruction wreaked by the wrath of Mother Nature.

 The other $10 million will be used to run the National Cathedral through the end of 2012. Officials say they will continue their efforts to raise money by seeking contributions large and small from all across America, as the cathedral does not receive federal funding.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 1

Music from West Africa and photography from South East Asia come to the D.C. area.

NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
WAMU 88.5

Legal Limbo No More? Bill To Go Before D.C. Council Lays Out Ridesharing Rules

Cab drivers in D.C. have long complained that their app-based, ridesharing competition are unregulated. Now D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is introducing a bill that would address these concerns.

NPR

'Ello' Aims For A Return To Ad-Free Social Networking

Ello is the viral social network of the moment. Ad-free, invitation-only and with the option of anonymity, it's generating tons of chatter as the latest alternative to Facebook.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.