Why Are These Stones Here?

Why Are These Stones Here? (HM1CM9)

Location: Washington, DC 20016
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.832', W 77° 4.314'

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— [Washington National Cathedral] —

The limestone pinnacles were damaged in the August 23, 2011, earthquake here. The ground shook for less than a minute but caused the 301-foot central tower of Washington National Cathedral to whip back and forth. Some of the 50-ton pinnacles (decorative points on the tower) spun like tops and others fell onto the roof. Stone masons Joe Alonso and Andy Uhl relocated the stones to the ground level with the help of a multi-ton crane (above).

Captions connected to diagram of the cathedral:
The larger stones weigh two tons and are from the central tower's southwest grand pinnacle.
The smaller stones are from the buttress pinnacle at the south transept's southeast corner.

Months of carving will be required to repair and replace these pinnacle stones. As an example, the larger stones from the central tower's southwest grand pinnacle displayed here, will require a stone carver 32 weeks to re-carve, at an estimated cost of $60,000.

To learn more, please visit the earthquake exhibition, "Though the Earth be Moved," located in the Cathedral. For the latest information on earthquake repairs and ways to contribute to the restoration fund, visit .
HM NumberHM1CM9
Year Placed2012
Placed ByWashington National Cathedral
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 4:41am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320406 N 4311108
Decimal Degrees38.93053333, -77.07190000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.832', W 77° 4.314'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 49.92" N, 77° 4' 18.84" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20016, US
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