Duke Chapel reopens with day-long celebration

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A ribbon cutting and day-long celebration is taking place in Durham as Duke Chapel reopens to the public Wednesday.

Duke University Chapel closed a year ago for restoration. During the year-long closure, crews worked to rehabilitate the ceiling, replace the original roof as well as clean and polish other items in the building.

“It’s a safer place. The restoration work has restored it back to its original beauty, as if we’re back in the 1930s,” said Duke Divinity School Dean Luke Powery.

Duke University President Richard Brodhead said the restorations should last another 80 years.

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“From the organ, to the stained glass windows, to the wood etchings, everything is just phenomenal. You can see the craftsmanship,” Katherine Sholtis of Durham said.

Wednesday’s reopening celebration began at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to the school’s website. Guided tours will be provided throughout the day. The event ends at 10 p.m.

General parking will be available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage and will cost $2 an hour.

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