Union League of Philadelphia working to repair damaged staircase by New Year’s Day

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The Union League of Philadelphia is hard at work, hoping to repair it's damaged historic staircase by the end of 2016. PHL17's Matt Alba spoke with Jim Mundy, the league's Director of Education and Programming for more.

"It is the only major structure in Center City that was built and still stands from the Civil War period itself," says Mundy. "We've had 14 of the presidents visit the league visit this building they walked up and down those stairs."

A portion of the staircase came crashing down early Monday morning after a thief stole an 8-foot section of the brass railing from the staircase. Police arrested the suspect, 50-year-old Reginald Phillips, late Wednesday, who was allegedly caught on camera stealing the brass railing.

According to the Mundy, the stairs were replaced in the 1900s after a car crashed into them. However, replacing the railing will take time.

"The pieces were cast in Nova Scotia," says Mundy.  "So they're going to bring those guys back down again to look at what needs to be done and make the repairs. I don't think we even know how much it's going to cost."