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St. Patrick’s Cathedral Tour

The one hour tour promises to be a fascinating view into the technical challenges of restoring a historic architectural icon that is visited by over five million people annually. This project has been widely recognized with an impressive array of awards, including: 2016 AIA National Honor Award, 2016 AIA NYC Merit Award, 2016 Lucy G. Moses Award by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, 2016 MASterworks award from the Municipal Arts Society of New York, 2016 Architizer A+ Awards Special Mention, 2014 Copper Development Association's North American Copper in Architecture Award.

Free registration for Conference Attendees and Guests

Sunday 4 February 14:30
Limited to 25 guests.


St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour Registration

Designed by James Renwick and completed in 1879, St. Patrick’s Cathedral embodies Catholicism and serves as a symbol of strength, solidarity and perseverance for Catholics throughout the United States. But by 2005, the fabric of the Cathedral had reached a state of disrepair, including stone, plaster and stained glass window failures. The physical plant was outmoded and required an upgrade. The Cathedral campus has recently undergone a comprehensive conservation and systems replacement project led by Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects. This multifaceted effort was designed to launch St. Patrick’s Cathedral into the next thirty years.

In addition to exterior and interior conservation, the project includes substantial life safety improvements, program expansion and new sustainable building systems. Through the lenses of craft and cutting-edge technology, we will walk you through the campus and discuss the overall design strategy, building fabric conservation, stained glass and the new ten-well geothermal system that reduces energy consumption at the campus by 40%. We will also describe use of BIM 360 and how it enabled the team to efficiently track over 30,000 work scopes and communicate effectively with each team member in real time. Whether an architect, preservationist, modernist, urbanist, historian, Catholic or simply a New Yorker, this tour will take you behind the scenes of a large-scale restoration project, ten years in the making, of the iconic New York City landmark that draws over 5 million visitors a year from around the world.

Tour Guides: Jeffrey Murphy, Partner in Charge & Mary Burnham, Design Partner

Tour Length: 1 hour

Meet at:

Meet under Atlas, at Rockefeller Center: 630 5th Ave between East 50 & 51st Sts


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