WASHINGTON – Mayor Vincent Gray is seeking $15 million in emergency funding for restoration of Washington National Cathedral from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after touring the earthquake-damaged landmark.
Gray called the now-closed cathedral an "iconic monument" during a tour Thursday, noting it receives more than half a million visitors a year.
The cathedral and the Washington Monument sustained significant damage in the 5.8-magnitude quake that shook the nation's capital and much of the East Coast on Aug. 23. Stonework fell off the cathedral's towers, and other areas were severely cracked.
Initial repairs are expected to cost at least $15 million before the cathedral's scheduled reopening Nov. 12. Andrew Hullinger, director of the cathedral's finances, says the restoration costs are "daunting."
Gray will seek $7 million for damage to other city buildings.