Friday, February 19, 2010

The Cathedral Restoration

A view from the corner of State and Lodge Streets showing the spires of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception further south on Madison Avenue and Eagle Street.

The colors of the spires are mismatched because of a massive ongoing restoration of the historic church. The lighter spire to the right in this picture has already been restored. The original crumbling stone was removed and replaced piece by piece and the deteriorating brick core was replaced by a modern steel skeleton. The original stone had been cut and laid improperly, causing it to flake away. The clock, bells, and cross atop the steeple were also restored. The darker spire to the left (partially draped in a black protective covering) is awaiting similar work.

To read more about the restoration project, please click here.

1 comment:

  1. An amazing and always impressive element of the skyline! I've been inside twice: first in the mid 60's when and aunt was married there, and last in 2006 when I wandered in to take some pictures. Alas, I didn't have my tripod so many of the photos didn't come out well. There are so many beautiful churches in and around Albany and I've told myself that I will make more of an effort to see them whenever I'm back visiting.