LEGO replica will help raise funds to repair Washington National Cathedral

A LEGO fundraising initiative is kicking off at Washington National Cathedral to pay for repairs.

Washington National Cathedral, located in Washington DC, USA was damaged by an earthquake in 2011, and to continue to repair the building more funds are needed. To drive donations, the cathedral is asking visitors to get involved with constructing a mini LEGO replica of the historic building.

The earthquake caused $34 million in damages, with $15 million worth repaired so far.
“We are anticipating that [the LEGO model] will be finished in the next two or three years and hopefully this project will bring in close to a million to go toward repairs,” Chief Communications Officer Kevin Eckstrom told DCIST.

To add a brick to the model, visitors will donate $2.00, with a volunteer directing the build process.

LEGO cathedral render

Bright Bricks designed the model, which when complete will be 13 feet long and use 400,000 bricks. It will be the largest ever cathedral made from LEGO elements, with construction set to begin on Friday, March 8, at 11.00am.

“The Cathedral is thrilled to offer a new way for visitors and worshippers to engage the building, and to relive the process of building a grand cathedral from the ground up,” said Charles Fulcher, the Cathedral’s director of visitor programmes. “Since none of us were here for the 1907 ground breaking, we’re honoured to have President Roosevelt back to lead us in kicking off another era of construction.”

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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