Cathedral of the Holy Cross

  • Prize
    Jury's Favorite in Architectural Design - Religious and Spiritual
  • Company/Firm
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Lead Designer
    David P. Manfredi, FAIA, LEED AP
  • Architect
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Interior Designer
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Const. Company
  • Photo Credit
    Robert Benson & George Martell
  • Location
    Boston, MA
  • Client
    Archdiocese of Boston
  • Project Date
    April 2019
  • Project Link

Larger than Westminster Abbey and the largest Catholic church in New England, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston’s South End was consecrated in 1875. The renovation of the Cathedral began with a grain of inspiration from Cardinal Sean O’Malley—stained-glass windows illuminated at night. The Cardinal asked designers to make the Cathedral a luminous beacon to the surrounding neighborhood and the greater Boston Catholic community.

Architects designed a comprehensive, unifying renovation to bring new life and light to Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Relying on a 3D digital model and historical photos of the 144-year old church, they reconfigured the sanctuary platforms to project the altar closer to congregants, redesigned interior and exterior lighting to improve visibility and drama, restored/lightened interior finishes, integrated modern infrastructural and ADA improvements, and created new liturgical appointments to match original reredos. The full splendor of the Cathedral was realized for Easter 2019.