St. Gregory's Celebrates Completion of Turret Restorations
The turret restorations are finished, and St. Gregory’s is ready to celebrate. The university will mark the completion of restoration work on Benedictine Hall’s four turrets this Saturday, November 9, at 3 p.m. during a special Homecoming blessing ceremony on the university’s campus.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will be conducted by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B., of St. Gregory’s Abbey.
Benedictine Hall, the near century-old building that is the heart of St. Gregory’s campus, lost its four crowning turrets to earthquake damage in 2011. Through donations made by more than 3,000 friends and alumni throughout the world, the university was able to have the turrets reconstructed from steel and other sustainable materials without losing the look of the building’s original gothic architecture.
Surviving grotesques, the granite characters that once stood guard over the towers, will also be available on ground level for public viewing for the first time in 100 years during the blessing ceremony.
The Benedictine Hall blessing is one of several events taking place as part of St. Gregory’s 2013 Homecoming this Saturday. Other events include a free family carnival, sporting games and a tailgate party.
Completing the turrets is phase one of a multi-part plan to restore Benedictine Hall and make upgrades throughout the building.