When Pope Francis visits the City later this month, he will visit the newly renovated St. Patrick’s Cathedral for evening prayers. When he does, he will see the results of a 9-year, $175 million restoration effort.
The cathedral has been undergoing a major, $175 million restoration since 2006, and the process was expedited for the pontiff. Scaffolding outside and inside the cathedral has been removed to reveal glistening marble and long-hidden details in the stained glass windows. But workers continue to drill and make final adjustments to some intricate wall sconces and wooden displays on the altar.
In this WNYC interview, the Cathedral’s rector Monsignor Robert Richtie and architect Rolando Kraeher discuss the scope of the restoration project, and anticipation for the pope’s visit.