A concert tonight will mark completion of the three-year, $3.4 million restoration project.
The Cathedral of St. Paul, consistently rated among the Twin Cities’ most visited sites, finally has got the big voice to go along with its imposing, classic Beaux-Arts looks.
On Thursday, the cathedral will officially take the wraps off its two newly refurbished pipe organs in the sanctuary and choir loft, marking the end of a three-year restoration project that propels the St. Paul church into the first rank of organ venues in the country.
The $3.4 million project also helps complete the church’s original design by French architect Emmanuel Masqueray, whose plans to properly house the choir loft’s organ pipes went unfinished until now. The hand-carved gilded walnut casework for the pipes was designed by University of Notre Dame architect Duncan Stroik, based on Masqueray’s blueprints, and crafted by a California studio.
Fundraising for the project was recently concluded successfully by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, which now will build an endowment to maintain the organs.