DURHAM: Duke Chapel to close during year-long renovation - WSMV Channel 4

Duke Chapel to close during year-long renovation

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Restoration of Duke Chapel will close the Durham landmark for a year starting May 2015.

The University said the restoration will be done by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. which will include work on stained-glass windows, woodwork and the floor and walls of the chapel.

Crews will also replace the original lead-coated copper roof.

The chapel is scheduled to reopen in the Spring 2016.

"There is never a good time to close Duke's most iconic building, but we're acting now to maintain and preserve the chapel as one of the last great examples of neo-Gothic architecture on a collegiate campus," said Tallman Trask III, Duke's executive vice president.

The University said officials are working on where to move worship services and other special events. The Chapel and Religious Life offices in the basement will remain open throughout the restoration.

Duke officials said regular Sunday worship services are tentatively set for Baldwin Auditorium during the summer months and Page Auditorium in the fall.

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