Washington’s National Cathedral, which was under repair from damage in the Aug. 23 earthquake, now is closed due to the collapse of a 500-pound crane during Tropical Storm Lee’s rainy visit to the capital on Wednesday.
The crane was in place to stabilize debris that came loose during the earthquake. The crane collapse damaged the gift shop and a church building on the grounds but did not score a direct hit on the cathedral itself.
In the interest of safety, the building remains closed until the structural problems are resolved.
The Concert of Hope on Sept. 11 has been moved to the Kennedy Center as has the Concert of Honor on Sept. 9.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service has no timeline regarding the reopening of the Washington Monument, also damaged in the earthquake.
A structural engineering firm continues to assess the damage, which includes cracks and leaks near the top of the 555-foot-tall obelisk.