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October 19, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray to Survey Cathedral Damage Tomorrow 

Mayor to Announce District’s Plan in Response to August Earthquake

Media Contacts

WHO/WHAT: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Andrew Hullinger, Senior Director for Finance and Administration for Washington National Cathedral, will survey earthquake damage sustained by the Cathedral and will make a major announcement about the District of Columbia’s response to damage sustained in the earthquake. Media are invited to join the mayor in a walk-around of the building’s exterior at 11:30 am and a news conference immediately thereafter.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct, 20, 2011

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Suggested media arrival time: 11:15 a.m. Tour begins at 11:30, followed immediately by press conference.)

WHERE: Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW

(Media are advised to gather at entrance of the Cathedral's underground bus garage, accessible at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and South Road NW. Press will then be escorted for special access to the construction zone. Hard hats will be provided.)

BACKGROUND: The Cathedral, located on one of the highest points in the District, sustained significant damage during the August 23 earthquake. The damage closed the Cathedral and requires at least $15 million in repairs. The Cathedral is scheduled to reopen November 12 with the consecration of the ninth bishop of Washington.