Iconic St. Gregory's building damaged in last year's earthquake to be restored

Construction on Benedictine Hall in Shawnee will start around the first of the year.
BY VALLERY BROWN vbrownl@opubco.com Published: November 7, 2012
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— The ragged edges where turrets once stretched atop Benedictine Hall at St. Gregory's University soon will be restored.

University President Greg Main said the school has $4.7 million to begin restoration around the first of the year.

“The building looks sad and bruised right now,” Main said. “We're excited to get started on this soon.”

All four turrets were damaged during the 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Nov. 5, 2011. One fell during the quake, raining brick masonry through windows and down the side of the building. Another had to be pushed down because it was precariously positioned after the jolt. Two others were disassembled brick by brick.

Now the building has four scars at each of its top corners.

Improvements planned for the building include updates to the front and rear entries, weatherproofing and waterproofing, repairing brickwork, replacing the roof and windows and rebuilding the turrets.

The building was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1975. All work done will be in line with the original character and design of the hall, Main said.

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