Vandalism at the National Cathedral


For the first time since the 2011 earthquake, Washington National Cathedral sustained unexpected and heartbreaking damage on Monday, July 29, when a vandal splattered green paint in two historic chapels.

August 6 Update

Chapels Have Reopened!

Director of Preservation and Facilities James W. Shepherd announced Monday that vandalism repairs to Bethlehem Chapel and Children’s Chapel had been completed successfully and on time. This was all made possible by the generous contributions of our donors!

Thank you to all of those donors whose continued support for this national treasure is making much-needed preservation, maintenance, and restoration work possible. View the official press release here.

A Need for Restoration

This is not the first time the Cathedral has been damaged in recent years. A little under two years ago, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the East Coast and caused $20 million of damage to the Cathedral. Even two years later, evidence of this quake can still be seen in the scaffolding, netting, and constant construction that surrounds the Cathedral.

Monday's vandalism is yet another example of the Cathedral's need for support. This national landmark stands as a symbol of faith in our nation's capital.

Please stand with us as we strive to fulfill our calling to be a spiritual home for the nation.

Your gift will go toward the continued efforts to repair and restore this spiritual home for the nation. Thank you for your contribution.

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