Joe Alonso, head stone mason for the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C., sounded positive as repairs wrap up this month, completing the first phase of restoration after a 2011 earthquake, which caused significant damage to the masonry work. The idea for a national place of worship was first suggested by George Washington, but it was not until the beginning of the 20th Century that an actual plan developed. The final phase was completed in 1990. According to a WTOP report:

“Where the earthquake shook the building, mortar between stones became loose. So we took that mortar out and put new mortar in,” said [Jim Shepherd, director of preservation and facilities at the cathedral] ... The magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused $32 million worth of damage to the cathedral that day.

Hear Alonso and Shepherd in this video of the press conference from CNS Maryland and Read More.