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The Basilica Landmark
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Church Exterior Re-Pointing

Re-Pointing the Church exterior to repair the mortar joints of the historic structure will continue to be an on-going project. Each year repairs are made to the stones loosened from the freeze and thaw cycles to prevent moisture penetration.

In 2011, 300-pound exterior dentil stone came loose from the Basilica’s West bell tower, falling from the façade and crushing the front steps. Engineers and other professionals assessed the Basilica's exterior and conducted sonar readings to determine the extent of the damage.

The engineers concluded that the fallen stone was caused by a crack that filled with water. This incident illustrates the challenges faced in maintaining a 100 year old building and reinforces the need for The Basilica Landmark's ongoing preservation and restoration efforts.

 

 

 

 


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