EverGreene is honored to assist the Diocese of Brooklyn in the renewal of St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. In preparation for the spring 2014 re-dedication, we are restoring the existing finishes and adding painted decoration, murals, plaster elements and other liturgical appointments. Originally built as a parish church, the renewal recognizes St. Joseph’s new status as Co-Cathedral, the hub of Brooklyn’s Catholic life.
In the summer of 2013, EverGreene’s Historic Finishes Investigation analyzed and documented the composition and pathologies of the Co-Cathedral’s decorative finishes and the findings informed our design process. Design drawings for 21 new murals, plaster decoration, a new altar, ambo and other liturgical furnishings began immediately; simultaneously scaffolding was erected so that plaster repairs and conservation of the existing murals could get underway. The fast track project began in November, and is expected to complete in February 2014.
The design of new decoration was guided by respect for the tradition of ecclesiastical visual arts to induce devotion and meditation; communicate Catholic history; and instruct theology. St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of the Universal Church – a fitting choice for the new Cathedral of the Diocese of Brooklyn which celebrates Mass in 42 different languages throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Twenty unique depictions of the Madonna, Patroness of countries well represented in the diocese, will adorn the roundels in the Co-Cathedral’s side aisles. An exciting feature of the renewal is a new mural for the rear wall of the Cathedral that honors 12 American saints and 2 New Yorkers who currently have a cause for sainthood.
From marble, wood, stone and metal finishes, to ornamental plaster, mosaics, and new murals, our artists and craftsmen will have touched just about every surface in the cathedral before the time comes for the re-dedication in spring. We’re excited to become a part of St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral’s history, and are sure this sacred space will shine brightly in the archdiocese of New York.