Earth Quakes

First phase of restoration complete for earthquake-damaged Washington National Cathedral

  • Head Mason Joe Alonso stands next to a boss stone in the ceiling 100 feet above the nave floor of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, as he talks about repairs and cleaning of the stonework at cathedral, The Washington National Cathedral has finished the first phase of restoration work needed after an earthquake in 2011. The iconic Episcopal cathedral in northwest Washington is holding a news conference Wednesday to discuss details of the restoration work, estimated to cost $32 million overall. Additional restoration work is expected to take years. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Head Mason Joe Alonso stands next to a boss stone in the ceiling 100 feet above the nave floor of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, as he talks about repairs and cleaning of the stonework at cathedral, The Washington National Cathedral has finished the first phase of restoration work needed after an earthquake in 2011. The iconic Episcopal cathedral in northwest Washington is holding a news conference Wednesday to discuss details of the restoration work, estimated to cost $32 million overall. Additional restoration work is expected to take years. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington National Cathedral Director of Preservation and Facilities Jim Shepherd talks about repairs and cleaning of the stonework in the ceiling at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The Washington National Cathedral has finished the first phase of restoration work needed after an earthquake in 2011. The iconic Episcopal cathedral in northwest Washington is holding a news conference Wednesday to discuss details of the restoration work, estimated to cost $32 million overall. Additional restoration work is expected to take years. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Washington National Cathedral Director of Preservation and Facilities Jim Shepherd talks about repairs and cleaning of the stonework in the ceiling at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The Washington National Cathedral has finished the first phase of restoration work needed after an earthquake in 2011. The iconic Episcopal cathedral in northwest Washington is holding a news conference Wednesday to discuss details of the restoration work, estimated to cost $32 million overall. Additional restoration work is expected to take years. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)  (The Associated Press)

  • A recently cleaned and repaired boss stone in the ceiling 100 feet above the nave floor of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The Washington National Cathedral has finished the first phase of restoration work needed after an earthquake in 2011. The iconic Episcopal cathedral in northwest Washington is holding a news conference Wednesday to discuss details of the restoration work, estimated to cost $32 million overall. Additional restoration work is expected to take years. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    A recently cleaned and repaired boss stone in the ceiling 100 feet above the nave floor of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The Washington National Cathedral has finished the first phase of restoration work needed after an earthquake in 2011. The iconic Episcopal cathedral in northwest Washington is holding a news conference Wednesday to discuss details of the restoration work, estimated to cost $32 million overall. Additional restoration work is expected to take years. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)  (The Associated Press)

The Washington National Cathedral has finished the first phase of work to repair damage from a 2011 earthquake, but the church must still raise $22 million to complete exterior repairs.

The iconic Episcopal cathedral in northwest Washington sustained some of the worst damage from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake. Officials say the total cost of repairs is estimated at $32 million, and that $10 million was spent on the first phase. Additional restoration work is expected to take years.

Preservation experts say the first phase of restoration focused on the cathedral's interior. The work involved cleaning, resealing joints and repairing the ceiling and flying buttresses, some of the oldest elements.

Much work remains to repair intricate carvings on the exterior and central tower.

Construction of the church began in 1907 and finished in 1990.