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Festival fundraiser aims to illuminate Cathedral of St. Paul

Festival fundraiser aims to illuminate Cathedral of St. Paul

By admin in Events, Media, Projects on 09/15/2017

Cathedral St. Paul Lighting Restoration

Things have gotten a bit dim in and around the century-old Cathedral of St. Paul these days. A fundraising effort by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation (CHF) aims to change that.

Shedding new light on the historic and much-visited church on St. Paul’s highest point is the goal of the foundation’s sixth annual Cathedral Festival of Lights fundraiser Sept. 23.

Money raised will go to switch over all of the cathedral’s lighting to LED lights to improve illumination and conserve energy. The first phase of the project’s three phases will focus on brightening the 1.5-acre interior, which includes many dimly lit side chapels and dozens of burned out ceiling and cornice lights. Approximately 800 LED lights are needed to upgrade and replace the existing interior lighting, officials said.

“With grant funding from the CHF, we were able to get started on this process over the winter, and already the energy savings have been substantial and far outweigh the investment in LED lights,” said the Rev. John Ubel, rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul. “Plus, the new LED lights have a ‘life span’ measured in years. Once the transition has been completed, this could save us as much as 20 hours in maintenance per month and reduce our energy bills by 30 percent or more.”

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Cathedral Hill properties’ sale to Cathedral Heritage Foundation approved

By admin in Media, Projects on 09/15/2017

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved July 14 the sale of two Cathedral Hill properties from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to the Cathedral Heritage Foundation and a subsidiary, 244 Dayton LLC, for $900,000.

The archdiocese announced in June its plans to sell to the foundation 244 Dayton Ave., home to the archdiocese’s Office of Communications and Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, and a vacant lot at 250 Dayton Ave.

“We appreciate the court’s favorable ruling on this transaction and we are looking forward to closing on the purchase on schedule,” the Cathedral Heritage Foundation said in a July 15 statement.

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Cathedral rose window will be lit during Festival of Lights

Cathedral rose window will be lit during Festival of Lights

By admin in Events, Media, Projects on 09/15/2017

Cathedral of St. Paul Rose WindowIn honor of the Second Annual Cathedral Festival of Lights, the East Rose Window will be lit over the front doors of the Cathedral of St. Paul from dusk until 10 p.m. on Sept. 28.

The public is encouraged to stop by and view the window, said Carolyn Will, spokesperson for the Cathedral.

Last year’s inaugural “Festival of Lights” event raised funds for the interior lighting in addition to other restoration projects.

This year’s “fund-a-need” will focus on adding the pontifical trumpet stop to the Great Cathedral Organs currently undergoing a much-needed restoration, Will said.

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A piece-by-piece restoration of the Cathedral of St. Paul’s south-facing rose window

A piece-by-piece restoration of the Cathedral of St. Paul’s south-facing rose window

By admin in Media, Projects on 09/15/2017

St. Paul Cathedral Rose Window

Erosion from weather and pollution, as well as weighty braces added five decades ago, has caused the glass in all three windows to separate from their connective leading, said Al Palmer, who owns Gaytee-Palmer.

When the Cathedral called upon Gaytee-Palmer to repair three bullet-size holes in the north rose window in 2015, the craftsmen discovered that the windows were structurally unsound.

“When you just touched them, they shook,” said Palmer, 63, who encouraged Cathedral leadership to commission their restoration. “The only thing that was keeping them from falling out was that storm window.”

In early July, Gaytee-Palmer employees removed the 18-foot-diameter, south-facing window section by section. At the studio, the glass pieces are in various stages of what Palmer estimates to be an eight-week project. In that time, the pieces are cleaned, scraped of old leading, repainted as necessary, releaded and cemented — an onerous, time-consuming process because each piece is done by hand.

Restoration of the Cathedral’s north rose window is slated to begin after the south rose window is reinstalled in early September. Palmer said his company also expects to restore the east rose window at a later date.

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit separate from the Cathedral parish, is fundraising the $209,000 cost for the north and south window restoration. The project will be featured at the organization’s fifth annual Cathedral Festival of Lights Sept. 25 at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown St. Paul.

“We look to the parish to identify its priorities,” said Mary Schaffner, Cathedral Heritage Foundation board chairwoman. “There is no more prominent feature other than its dome than its rose windows.”

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Cathedral pulls out all the stops for pipe organs’ inaugural concert

By admin in Media on 09/14/2017

The Cathedral of St. Paul was filled to capacity with people standing in every available space for the inaugural concert of the Cathedral’s newly restored 1927 E.M. Skinner and 1963 Æolian-Skinner organs Oct. 24. Above, internationally acclaimed organist Olivier Latry of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris plays both historic pipe organs from the console that normally sits in the sanctuary behind the main altar. An identical console is located in the choir gallery. Both organs can be played from either console. Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit

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The refurbished Cathedral of St. Paul pipe organs come to life

By admin in Media on 09/14/2017

St. Paul Cathedral | Organ Restoration

As you may have heard on MPR’s Morning Edition, there was a standing room only crowd inside the Cathedral of St. Paul Thursday night at the inaugural recital for the Cathedral’s two refurbished pipe organs.

Over the last three years, those organs were taken completely apart and cleaned, the leather windchests were replaced and more than 1,000 pipes were added. The Cathedral Heritage Foundation raised $3.4 million dollars to pay for the restoration.

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Cathedral’s restored organs are noteworthy

Cathedral’s restored organs are noteworthy

By admin in Media on 09/14/2017


Cathedral Organ Restoration St. Paul Cathedral

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.

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Cathedral organ restoration nearing completion

By admin in Media on 09/14/2017

The Cathedral’s $3.5 million organ restoration project is nearing completion.

The two pipe organs, which are located in the sanctuary and in the rear gallery (the choir loft), were restored by Quimby Pipe Organs of Warrensburg, Mo. The E. M. Skinner Organ Company built the sanctuary organ in 1927, and the Æolian-Skinner Organ Company added the Gallery organ in 1963.

The restoration project — which began last September with the dismantling and shipping of the organs —  included complete tonal refurbishing of both organs.

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