See Inside the National Cathedral Restoration

The Washington National Cathedral has finished the first phase of restoration work needed after an earthquake in 2011, which is estimated to cost $32 million overall.

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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.
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A reporter, standing on a scaffold platform 65 feet above the nave floor, takes a photograph of a recently cleaned and repaired stained glass window at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
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Workers move about a scaffold platform 65 feet above the nave floor of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, as repairs and cleaning of the stonework completes the first phase of a $32 million restoration.
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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.
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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.
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Head Mason Joe Alonso watches news photographers photograph a boss stone in the ceiling, 100 feet above the nave floor at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
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A worker stands is lost in scaffolding framework as he stands on a platform 90 feet above the nave floor of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. This marks the completion of the first phase in the building's $32 million restoration effort.
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Repaired and cleaned stonework in the nave of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
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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.
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The Washington National Cathedra has completed the first phase in the building's $32 million restoration effort in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
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