RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You can help with the preservation of a historic Richmond landmark. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is hosting a benefit concert tonight featuring the Richmond Symphony. All proceeds will go to the Cathedral's preservation fund.
Crews continue their work on this $6 million preservation project; you can see the finishing touches; leaders say now that the project is nearing completion, it's time to finish paying for it, and that's what this concert tonight will help with.
It was a busy day at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Monroe Park in Richmond, which recently celebrated it's 100th birthday. Work continues on a massive renovation project.
Mary Ellen Stumpf, a Concert Committee and Choir member says, "An extensive restoration of the outside; we had water damage; we've been working on the interior just fixing the plaster, fixing these giant rose windows."
The preservation project costs $6 million. The Cathedral is closing in on $5 million of that through grants and gifts. That leaves a million to go, a number Cathedral leaders hope to chip away at with tonight's benefit concert featuring the Richmond Symphony, Cathedral Adult Choir and a number of local soloists.
Project leaders say they're getting this building ready for it's next 100 years of serving the Richmond community and Virginia. The Cathedral is a hot spot for tourists.
Stumpf says, "It really sits at the point at which all of Richmond's sectors converge whether it's governmental, financial, academic; we sit right in the middle of the VCU campus and also cultural attractions and the arts, and then of course human service."
The project is nearing completion; there's just some finishing touches going on here outside, which are scheduled to be complete sometime this summer.