Many of the existing materials, finishes and infrastructure have long exceeded their useful life. The St. Louis Cathedral is currently facing its biggest threat from water intrusion. This has resulted in damage to the historic interior artwork and instability in the structure. Each element of the renovation will work in conjunction with the others to protect against water, now and in the future.
- Temporary removal of the existing slate roof for the installation of new underlayment and copper flashings for the lower, higher and steeple roof sections
- Repair masonry and stucco, reseal and repaint in accordance with SHPO and VVC guidelines.
- Stabilize the foundation, walls and roof structure framing members.
- Incorporate cutting-edge technology to improve lighting, security, and accessibility while maintaining a historic character.
It is necessary to address the building envelope, structural and infrastructural needs prior to the interior restoration.
- Restoration and repair of all stained glass
- Complete removal and reconstruction of the main ceiling, with careful extraction of the decorative murals and their reinstallation post-ceiling restoration.
- Removal and replacement of wall finishes to address moisture, cracking, blistering and flaking. Work areas include the narthex, nave, sanctuary, ambulatory and sacristies.
- Restoration of the flooring, wainscot and decorative finishes.
- Repair of termite-damaged wood structural framing.
- Incorporate latest technology to the electrical, lighting, mechanical and fire protection systems.
- Restoration of wood sash window sills, trim and moulding.
- Upgrades to the sound, audio visual, broadcasting and security surveillance systems.
- Installation of new restrooms.
- Restoration of pews and liturgical furnishings.
The Cathedral Rectory will be transformed into a
center for visitor and tourist engagement, educational opportunities, and serve as a modern support facility for the St. Louis Cathedral. These renovations will also ensure continued parish operations, ministries, and outreach.
The Our City, Our Cathedral Campaign will allow the creation of:
- A world-class museum highlighting the history of the St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and the rich history of Catholicism in New Orleans
- Meeting spaces/classrooms
- Bridal suite
- Modern Cathedral gift shop
- Public restrooms
- Renovated parish offices
Our responsibility to our St. Louis Cathedral carries well beyond the limits of today. The goal of the Our City, Our Cathedral Campaign is to create two
$10,000,000 endowments. The nature of an endowment mandates the principal remain intact while the interest generated is available as a permanent funding source. These endowments will allow the St. Louis Cathedral to become the first fully endowed Cathedral in the United States, ensuring this venerable icon remains the preeminent symbol of glory in New Orleans.
This endowment is to support the long-term maintenance and upkeep of this treasure we’ve been entrusted.
The financial resources received at the Cathedral are not sufficient to meet the day-to-day operating expenses. The Our City, Our Cathedral Campaign will establish an endowment to support ongoing operating expenses for the St. Louis Cathedral.