Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Boston, MA

The restoration of Holy Cross Cathedral (Patrick Keely, 1875) coincides with the revitalization of Boston’s South End.

Keely churches are known for their exquisite craftsmanship, museum quality artwork, and stone furnishings. All architectural elements within his nineteenth century ecclesiastical buildings have a harmonious relationship with each other. Like many churches of its vintage, the Holy Cross Cathedral suffered from insensitive post-historic renovations that covered much of the original artwork and introduced discordant elements. The angels in the sanctuary dome were barely decipherable, the sanctuary was extremely top heavy, and the carefully curated relationship between these elements was illegible beneath the layers of post historic paint, varnish, and wood graining. The Cathedral also suffered from neglect over time, the introduction of carpeting, and the addition of a wood altar of sacrifice that was lovely in its own right but lacked integration with the other monumental historic furnishings.

The Archdiocese of Boston, Suffolk Construction, and Elkus Manfredi Architects engaged EverGreene to reinstate lost artwork, conserve historic murals, including the severely damaged Stations of the Cross, design and create a new marble altar of sacrifice, and an ambo and baptismal font to integrate seamlessly with the historic liturgical furnishings.

As part of the historic restoration project we were involved in:

  • Finishes Investigation
  • Decorative Painting
  • Plaster Restoration, Consolidation, & Patching
  • Restoration, Conservation, Design & Fabrication of Marble and Stone
  • Liturgical Furnishings & Appointments