Circle Tours

Interior Restoration at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

-Michael F. Doyle, FAIA, Principal from Acheson Doyle, led the tour.

-Monsignor Donald Sakano

The Conservancy was pleased to offer its Professional Circle members a tour of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral at the corner of Mott and Prince streets in Manhattan. The tour was led by Michael Doyle and other professionals from Acheson Doyle who are undertaking the exterior and interior renovation of this 200 year old building. Tour focused on interior work, including the stabilization of the plaster ceiling and walls, replacement of the original electrical systems, installation of air conditioning and replacement of the heating system, lighting upgrades, reframing and re-leading restoration of the stained glass windows including installation of new wood sash and new protective glazing, installation of an elevator, and new restrooms on the lower level.

Everyone is working hard to have a portion of the Basilica ready for the 200th anniversary celebration on November 22, 2015.

The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral is the original Cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York. Built between 1809 and 1815, and designed by Joseph-François Mangin in the Gothic Revival style, it was the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York until the current Saint Patrick’s Cathedral opened in 1879.

The church was designated a New York City landmark in 1966, and the cathedral complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. It was declared a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI on March 17, 2010.


Here is a video from our 2013 visit to the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
Monsignor Donald Sakano

Restoration Project Information
Acheson Doyle Partners Architects, PC

Zubatkin Owner Representation LLC

New Orange Works, Inc.

CONSULTANTS: C&F Consulting Engineering, PC: Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing EngineersSimpson Gumpertz & Heger: Structural EngineersRohn & Associates Design, Inc: Liturgical Designer and Consultant

CONTRACTORS: MJ Fitzgerald & Son Contracting LLC: Construction Manager

ARTISANS AND SUBCONTRACTORS: EFG General Contracting Inc.: General Construction and Drywall. C&S Custom Woodworking: Window Frames; Refurbished/New MillworkRohlf’s Stained & Leaded Glass Inc.: Stained Glass Restoration and InstallationJohn Tiedemann Inc.: Interior Restoration Painting, Decorative Elements and Plaster Application.Megan Electrical Enterprises: Electrical Services and Lighting InstallationCline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design: Sanctuary, Nave and Exterior Lighting Design.Titan Mechanical Services Inc.: Mechanical Services and InstallationHillview Construction & Renovations Co.: General Masonry & Decorative Stonework.Hella Stone Fabrication Corp.: Exterior Brownstone and Bluestone Restoration.SNC Contractors: Decorative Metal FabricationsCountry Floors: Travertine Flooring Throughout; Decorative Stone Work.McNicholas Lighting Restoration, LLC.: Restoration of Historical Light FixturesVerdin Bells and Clocks: Tower Bell Restoration.Progressive: Stone Flooring InstallationTipp Floor Covering: Flooring Installation.The Keck Group: Pew Restoration.Exclusive Corp. Association: Main Entrance Door Restoration; Window RestorationGlass Block of America: Chapel Glass Ceiling; Hatch View Panel


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Throughout the year, Circle tours go behind-the-scenes of some of New York’s most interesting historic properties. Some tours require hard hats to visit projects during restoration, while others showcase completed restorations of commercial buildings, residences, museums, churches, and synagogues. On occasion, conservators, engineers, and craftspeople open their studios to our Circle members.

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