The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston completed a two-year, $26 million renovation in April.
The Cathedral was designed 150 years ago by architect, Patrick Keely in a Gothic revival style. Elkus Manfredi Architects and Suffolk Construction teamed up on the interior and exterior improvements, including new structural systems, and aesthetic upgrades. All interior artwork restoration and new decoration was performed by Evergreene Architectural Arts of New York City. New marble sanctuary furniture was executed by Henninger’s. Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley noted during Palm Sunday mass, “We are blessed to be able to preserve this wonderful worship site for generations to follow as a testament to the historical significance it holds today and for its chapters still to be written.”
Providing a new Altar for a Cathedral was a real thrill. Special care was taken to match the species of marbles in the existing Altars. Each quatrefoil panel received an etched and gilded cross to match the historic Altars. A Celtic knot running along the mensa was a special touch which was favored by the Irish-American parishioners of the Cathedral Parish.
The installation of this ambo was a challenge for our crew. it is built into the steps leading up to the sanctuary. The completed Ambo fits seamlessly into the Cathedral, design aesthetic.
We were honored to handle this massive font for Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Its design matches perfectly with the new Altar and Ambo, along with the Cathedral's historic Altars. The species of marble are a perfect match to the colors and veining of existing Altars.
Working on such an important part of a huge Cathedral renovation was a dream come true. We are grateful to all who collaborated in this, and grateful to God for giving us the opportunity to execute this work.