Duke Chapel reopens after year-long renovations

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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Duke Chapel reopened Wednesday

DURHAM (WTVD) -- After being closed for a year, Duke University reopened the doors to the renovated Duke Chapel Wednesday.

Repair work closed the iconic Gothic-style structure last May.

The closing became necessary after a small piece of ceiling tile fell down in 2012, which led to the restoration.

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(WTVD Photo/Jim Schumacher)
WTVD Photo/Jim Schumacher

Workers refurbished the ceiling and replaced the building's lead-coated copper roof. Crews also upgraded the electrical system and made other infrastructure improvements. Total cost of the work was about $19 million.

The dean of the chapel and Duke University President Richard Brodhead spoke at the event.

"It's a safer place and the restoration work has restored it back to its original beauty, as if we're back in the 1930s," said Duke Chapel Dean Luke Powery.

More details about the opening can be found at https://chapel.duke.edu/reopen

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