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Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel to remain open through summer

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The United States Air Force Academy’s Cadet Chapel will remain open through the summer as the school seeks $68 million to renovate the architectural marvel just north of Colorado Springs.

The Gazette reports that the chapel will remain open through Sept. 1.

The academy's chapel has leaked in rainy weather since it opened in 1962. A new seal system and other repairs were planned. The work was to have started Jan. 1 and been done in up to four years.

In this April 12, 2017, photo, light shines through the stained glass at the Cadet Chapel at the U.S. Air Force Academy outside Colorado Springs, Colo. The landmark Cadet Chapel is suffering from leaks and corrosion, so the school has drawn up the most ambitious restoration project in the building’s 55-year history. (Thomas Peipert/AP)
Landmark Air Force chapel suffering from leaks, corrosion

The landmark Cadet Chapel that towers over the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is suffering from leaks and corrosion, so the school has drawn up the most ambitious restoration project in the building’s 55-year history.

Money for the project was diverted in March to Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, after 1,200 buildings there were pummeled by Hurricane Michael in October.

The academy estimates that 500,000 tourists a year visit the chapel, which is best known for its stained glass and 150-foot (46-meter) spires.

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