St. Patrick’s Cathedral, “America’s parish church and the soul of the capital of the world,” will undergo a $175 million, five-year restoration project.
The 133-year-old landmark is a “supernatural home” for Catholics, all believers and people with no explicit religion “who come here for a hint of the divine and assurance of help.”
The restoration project is needed to repair crumbling bricks, splitting windows, aged heating, a leaky roof and a grit-encrusted facade.
The first $45 million donated for the restoration came from early donors and grants from the archdiocese and the trustees of the cathedral. The campaign to raise the remaining $130 million will include direct-mail solicitation, national and international outreach and solicitation of the cathedral’s 5.5 million visitors annually.
Acid rain and general pollution had eaten away at the Tuckahoe marble used for part of the cathedral.
Although the quarry in neighboring Westchester County where the stone was cut is long closed and inaccessible, marble retained from the quarry was located and purchased for the project.
The last large-scale renovation was completed in the 1940s.