Massachusetts Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Why Are These Stones Here?
—[Washington National Cathedral] —
The limestone pinnacles were damaged in the August 23, 2011, earthquake here. The ground shook for less than a minute but caused the 301-foot central tower of Washington National Cathedral to whip back and forth. Some of the 50-ton pinnacles (decorative points on the tower) spun like tops and others fell onto the roof. Stone masons Joe Alonso and Andy Uhl relocated the stones to the ground level with the help of a multi-ton crane (above).
Captions connected to diagram of the cathedral:
The larger stones weigh two tons and are from the central tower’s southwest grand pinnacle.
The smaller stones are from the buttress pinnacle at the south transept’s southeast corner.
Months of carving will be required to repair and replace these pinnacle stones. As an example, the larger stones from the central tower’s southwest grand pinnacle displayed here, will require a stone carver 32 weeks to re-carve, at an estimated cost of $60,000.
To learn more, please visit the earthquake exhibition, “Though the Earth be Moved,” located in the Cathedral. For the latest information on earthquake repairs and ways to contribute to the restoration fund, visit
Erected 2012 by Washington National Cathedral.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20016, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. All Hallows Guild (a few steps from this marker); Herb Cottage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Road to Fort Duquesne (about 400 feet away); Washington National Cathedral (about 700 feet away); Bishop Aimilianos Laloussis (approx. ¼ mile away); Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral Cornerstone (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Vladimir Millennial Bell Tower (approx. 0.4 miles away); The National War Memorial Shrine of the Russian Orthodox Church of America (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Massachusetts Heights.
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Also see . . . "Mysteries of the Washington National Cathedral". (Submitted on January 10, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 443 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 10, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.