For the past eight months, visitors to St. Patrick’s have entered the historic cathedral through two decidedly uncelestial stainless steel doors, giving the entrance of the 134-year-old church all the mystery and beauty of the walk-in freezer at Fairway.
Late last year, the building’s old bronze doors, which were decorated with unusual sculptures of saints but had corroded and, at one point, been covered with paint in an ill-fated preservation attempt, were removed in the wee hours of night. (Fifth Avenue had to be closed for their removal.) After more than six decades of welcoming the faithful, the doors were taken to the Long Island City workshop of Remco Maintenance, a firm specializing in large-scale restoration and installation projects. Read More