4 Of Our Favorite Church Restorations

TRADITIONAL BUILDING has featured a number of beautiful church restorations over the years--including both new construction and historic preservation projects. Here are four of our favorites.
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1. Cathedral of St. Joseph

Duncan G. Stroik Architect of South Bend, IN, designer of a number of traditionally styled churches, restored the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls, SD. It was originally designed by Emmanuel Louis Masqueray and completed in 1919.

2. San Carlos Cathedral

On a smaller scale, the preservation architect for the San Carlos Cathedral in Monterey, CA, was Page & Turnbull of LA. The project was driven by the need for a seismic retrofit, but there were lots of other problems.

3. Basilica of St. John the Evangelist

In Connecticut, Canning Studios restored the interior decorative painting at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford. The three-year project included the sanctuary, the ceiling and the side chapels.

4. Blessed Sacrament Cathedral

And in Pennsylvania, Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects and Planners restored Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, PA. It was a family affair for Thomas Celli - his father had completed a renovation in 1971 following Vatican II.

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