Engineers are removing parts of a pinnacle from the top of the Washington National Catheral to enable repairs on the stonework damaged by the 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August. Sections from two other spires have already been removed.
Scaffolding was built up around the spire on Thursday for the work. The cathedral will eventually get an inspection from the same engineers who recently rapelled the Washington Monument looking for quake damage. Repairs are estimated to cost as much as $25 million. Cathedral officials told the Associated Press they need to raise at least $15 million for the initial work.
The cathedral has been closed since the Aug. 23 earthquake, which rocked the mid-Atlantic and was felt as far north as Toronto. It is scheduled to reopen on Nov. 12.