Sacred Heart Cathedral

Beautifying the Mother Church of the Diocese: Rochester’s Sacred Heart Filling Hope

The project brought this 75-year-old Gothic Revival cathedral into full conformance with contemporary Roman Catholic liturgical standards and provides major new spaces for social gatherings, meetings, and administration. The work includes complete restoration of the cathedral interior and design of important new liturgical focal points.

A new narthex, inserted into a former courtyard between the nave and the neighboring rectory, unifies the cathedral complex and provides improved entrances and a generous informal gathering space, as well as access to the rectory and new office wing. A new front entry plaza includes wide steps, lighting, and a ramp for handicapped access. Other site improvements include two new neighborhood parks, a parking lot, and a porte cochere.

The project brought this 75-year-old Gothic Revival cathedral into full conformance with contemporary Roman Catholic liturgical standards.

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The Catholic Courier has featured the Sacred Heart Cathedral twice!

“LaBella Associates has worked on many church renovation projects in the Rochester Diocese, and has also partnered with national firms on projects of significant size and scope. The firm has received several design awards for engineering and architecture, both locally, and at the national level.”

Read more about the renovation here and the construction process here.

AIA

Rochester Chapter Merit Award

Interfaith Forum on Religion

Art and Architecture (IFRAA) Liturgical/Interior Design Award

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