Cathedral Renovation Reaches Halfway Point
The historic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is scheduled to reopen this time next year. As Steve Milne reports, work crews are halfway finished renovating the Downtown Sacramento landmark.
Monday, November 29, 2004
The most significant change to the cathedral at 11th and K Streets will be the restoration of the original dome. Cathedral pastor Father James Murphy says it was covered up during a remodeling project in the 1930s. It changed the building quite a bit and cut off that sense of space that a dome creates. We’ll be reopening the dome and rebuilding the original dome. Other improvements include new oak flooring and seismic strengthening. Job site superintendent Roberto Marquez says over 100 people are working on the project. We have artisans from all over the world basically. Some wood carvers, plaster specialists, painting specialists and everyone has a little part to play in the finish of this project. Father Murphy says the renovation hasn’t been easy. We’re behind schedule by 9 months because of a number of things that came up that were unexpected but at this point we’re far enough along to where we can say with confidence we will be reopening next year in November. Church fundraisers are still trying to raise 10-Million dollars of the renovation project’s 32-Million dollar price tag. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.