NYC's St. Patrick's Cathedral set for renovation

March 16, 2012 - 11:35 AM
St Patricks Cathedral Renovation

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2011 photo, flags are carried into St. Patrick's Cathedral during a ceremony to honor New York firefighters that were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City is embarking on a multimillion-dollar renovation. The $175 million facelift of the Fifth Avenue church is slated to begin at the end of April and last at least two years. The 2,200-seat white marble cathedral opened in 1879. Cardinal Timothy Dolan is expected to announce the renovation Saturday, March 17, 2012. ( AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City is embarking on a multimillion-dollar renovation.

The $175 million facelift of the Fifth Avenue church is slated to begin at the end of April and last at least two years. The 2,200-seat white marble cathedral opened in 1879.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is expected to announce the renovation Saturday.

The New York Post (http://nyp.st/A8wQuU ) reports that scaffolding and netting will go up inside and outside the church.

The work will include replacing crumbling marble blocks and refitting stained-glass windows from the 1870s. It will be done every day from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., stopping for daily Masses.

Funeral Masses for Babe Ruth and Robert F. Kennedy were held at St. Patrick's. The cathedral gets more than 5.5 million visitors a year.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com