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$25 million bill for Washington’s National Cathedral: The Church of England Newspaper, Oct 7, 2011 p 7. October 11, 2011

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First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

Washington’s National Cathedral will need more than $25 million to repair the damage sustained in the 23 August earthquake, but will reopen in time for the 12 November consecration of the diocese’s new bishop, Dr Mariann Budde.

In a statement released on 4 October, the cathedral estimated the cost of repairs to be in the “tens of millions of dollars” and announced the launch of an “aggressive fundraising effort to raise at least $25 million to offset the costs of the early restoration work and to help support its operations through the end of 2012.”

“The short-term priorities are around stabilizing the building, re-opening the Cathedral, and continuing its operations and mission. The overall restoration of the Cathedral is expected to take numerous years, and the effort will seek contributions large and small from across the country,” a statement published on the cathedral’s website said.

Washington Bishop John Chane, who is serving as the cathedral’s interim dean, said “reopening is only the first step down a long path toward restoring the Cathedral to its previous state. We will reach the end of that path only through the support of this community and people across the nation.”

Engineers have determined the central and west front towers of the cathedral must be stabilized, and work has begun placing steel beams weighing a total of 70 tons in the central tower.

“The Cathedral has been entrusted to us as an important resource and national treasure to serve as the spiritual home for the nation,” said the Rev James Wind, chairman of the cathedral chapter.

“We take that trust very seriously and will do everything necessary to restore the building to the condition our national community of supporters has come to expect,” Dr Wind said.

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