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Restoration of historic buildings steps on St. Gregory's University completed


SHAWNEE, Oklahoma — St. Gregory's University in Shawnee says it has completed restoration work on the front steps of its historic Benedictine Hall, which was damaged by an earthquake in 2011.

The magnitude 5.6 temblor rocked the tiny campus in central Oklahoma, damaging the building that opened in 1915 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Since then, the campus community has embarked on a multi-year construction project to reconstruct the damaged areas.

The front steps of Benedictine Hall were reconstructed down to the foundation.

Harley Lingerfelt is vice president of Operations for St. Gregory's. He says campus officials are pleased the project was completed before May's convocation so graduating students can stand on the steps with their classmates to celebrate.

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