Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

As a result of the August 2011 earthquake, notable damage to the national historic landmark Basilica, designed by the noted American architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe in the early 1800s, included visible cracks in the plaster at walls, vaults, arches, and domes, as well as exterior brick masonry and plaster damage. Interior and exterior repairs, including exterior stucco repair at the two bell towers, returned the Basilica to its glory.

Archdiocese of Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
Historic Renovation
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Remaining operational during repairs

  1. Extensive repairs were made to interior plaster, and all surfaces were repainted.
  2. Both bell towers required repair.
  3. Scaffold draping and lighting was specified so that the church could remain open for weekend worship and scheduled weddings.
  4. Multiple level scaffolding and platforms were constructed to allow overhead repairs to be made without impacting the space below.
  5. Final painting in progress