The historic Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in lower Manhattan is about to undergo a major renovation with the help of Rohn and Associates Design, Inc. The 200 year-old structure, containing the only landmark Catholic cemetery and catacombs in New York City, needs a considerable amount of work to prevent further deterioration and to update the interior and exterior to meet the current needs of the church while also restoring the architectural detailing to that of the early 1800s.
The work, to be done in stages, will restore the complete interior of the Basilica including the sanctuary, stained glass windows, pews, narthex, catacombs, antechamber and restrooms. In addition, there will be the installation of new lighting, flooring, modern heating/cooling systems and an elevator for accessibility to all levels. A major part of the plan is the restoration of the classic Erben organ. A new feature will be the introduction of columbaria nestled between the crypts of bishops, priests and various people buried there in the early 1800s. A comprehensive landscaping of the exterior cemetery grounds with columbaria will complete the project.
Currently in the planning and fundraising stage, Liturgical Design Consultant Rolf Rohn will be part of Monsignor Donald Sakano's team to develop and oversee this great undertaking. He has been working closely with Monsignor Sakano to devise a scope of work that will properly and effectively address the vision for the church for the last five years. The project is to be completed in time for the Basilica’s 200th anniversary celebration in 2015. Check back for future updates on our work as it progresses.
Undoubtedly, these renovations will cost money. We will be introducing several methods by where you can help us restore our treasured and historic Basilica. Until these methods are deployed, please contact us at 212.226.8075 to help us with the following categories of work:
· Bell Tower
· General Restoration
to learn more visit the Basilica's website: