Vandalized chapels clean, Lincoln Memorial almost finished

Photo courtesy of Kris Van Cleave

WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- It’s a blessing of sorts at the National Cathedral. After an estimated $15,000 worth of restoration work, the two chapels that were once splattered with green paint are finally back to normal.

ABC 7’s cameras couldn’t spot any lingering signs that the Bethlehem and Children’s chapels were ever defaced.

Over at the Lincoln Memorial, there is still a bit more work to be done.

So far, more than 300 hours of work have been executed in order to remove the green paint that recently defaced this national treasure. The scaffolding remains, and the crews that treated and pressure-washed the memorial on Tuesday will be giving it one final pass in the coming days.

The paint is reportedly 99.5 percent gone, and not very visible to visitors.

"I didn't see any paint, but I saw the scaffolding so I figured they were cleaning it off," said Massachusetts visitor Beth O'Malley.