Murray Associates was awarded the commission to renovate and restore St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the Diocese for Harrisburg. After almost a century of service to the Catholic community throughout Central Pennsylvania, the Cathedral was in need of significant restoration to its copper dome, gold leaf cross and exquisite stained-glass windows.
The restoration of the cooper roofing system on the dome entailed removing each individual tile of the original copper sheets, tagging and transporting them to a fabrication shop where each piece was duplicated in exacting detail from new pre-patinated copper in order to maintain the aesthetic appearance of green antiqued copper.
The Slate clad pitched roofs on the remaining portions of the Cathedral were also in need of repair. Upon removal of the slate, we observed that the need to conduct some structural repairs to the main framing members was also required.
All of the existing stained-glass windows were removed from their original frames and transported to a restoration shop in Pittsburgh, where they underwent necessary repairs and restoration. The existing window frames were repaired and prepped for the reinstallation of the restored stained-glass windows.
The painted frescoes on the interior dome were also restored to their original grandeur.
The existing stone masonry was also chemically cleaned and re-pointed with new epoxy-based mortar that matched the original color and texture. All damaged masonry and cast stone trim pieces were either repaired or replaced in-kind depending on the level of deterioration.
Lastly, the monumental entrance doors, whose operation had plagued the maintenance staff for decades due to their weight and lack of appropriate hardware, were replaced with new custom doors extra heavy duty hinges and hardware that was custom fabricated from the original pieces.