NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A popular tourist attraction in lower Manhattan is about to be closed off to the public for repairs that could last a decade.
The steps to the Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street – which is a popular photo spot for tourists – is about to be shut down for emergency installation of safety scaffolding.
According to the National Park Service, the scaffolding is necessary after a building inspection found serious concerns.
“A recent exterior building evaluation took place in preparation for a building façade repair project to address ongoing moisture infiltration issues and to correct deteriorated stone and mortar conditions.
The assessment of the building uncovered multiple failed stone conditions that require immediate attention,” the agency wrote in a release.
There are multiple cracked marble stones on cornice of the building, which could potentially cause some pieces of the building’s façade to fall to the ground below.
A sidewalk shed will soon be installed along Nassau Street, Wall Street and Pine Street.
The agency says it has also hired a structural engineer to build a scaffolding platform to “protect the public from any falling debris.”
The steps to the iconic building will reopen when the scaffolding is completed. That is expected to be sometime in September.
The National Park Service notes that the scaffolding will stay up “approximately five to ten years.”