St. Gregory's historical building in Shawnee restored after strongest earthquake in Oklahoma history

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) -- Two years after the strongest earthquake in Oklahoma history rocked the tiny campus of St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, alumni, monks and community members are celebrating the completion of restoration work on the campus' main building.

The magnitude 5.6 temblor that rocked central Oklahoma on Nov. 5, 2011, toppled one of the turrets at the corner of Benedictine Hall and left a hole in another. The final two turrets on the corners of the building were dismantled brick-by-brick.

Donations from more than 3,000 alumni and university supporters covered the $5 million cost of the renovation and restoration work. A ceremony to bless the refinished structure took place Saturday.

University director of operations Harley Lingerfelt says it's great to have the turrets back in place because they are a Shawnee icon.

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