Repairs Continue at DC Cathedral After Vandalism

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Repair work is continuing at the Washington National Cathedral following green paint vandalism at two of its chapels.

Cathedral staff said in a statement Wednesday that a team of conservators is working to remove paint from the Bethlehem Chapel’s pipe organ facade, including the keyboard, wood paneling and the floor.

That chapel, along with the cathedral’s Children Chapel, was vandalized on Monday.

Photos: Vandalism Strikes D.C. Landmarks

Police arrested a 58-year-old woman, Jiamei Tian, who they say had a soda can of green paint with her inside the cathedral. Authorities believe that act of vandalism is linked to several similar acts in the city, including at the Lincoln Memorial.

Cathedral staff and conservators have been working to restore paint-splattered surfaces, and they say paint is mostly gone from the figures and lettering on an altarpiece.

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