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Tour: Washington National Cathedral

In 1907, Washington National Cathedral set its foundation stone. Over the next 83 years, masters of the building arts were drawn from around the world to contribute important skills to its stone carving, ironwork, stained glass, mosaics, and paintings. Join us to discover the history of the cathedral, updates on repairs to the 2011 earthquake damage, and stories related to the stone carvers who shaped this Gothic Revival landmark, a house of prayer for all people. Attendees will also be able to get a sneak peak of the still active carving shop and meet the Cathedral’s current stone carvers.

Presented by: James W. Shepherd, AIA, LEED of Washington National Cathedral and Cal Bowie, AIA of Bowie Gridley Architects

Organized by: Washington National Cathedral

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At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges of repairing a historically significant building without tarnishing its original design;
  • Explore how the Cathedral has reassessed its infrastructure and prepared itself in the event of another natural disaster; 
  • Explore the importance of the Cathedral’s stone carvers and their role in preserving the state of the Cathedral; and
  • Explain the continued storied history of the Cathedral and its significance in DC and the immediate surrounding community.

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