In 2007 RKLA joined MBB Architects team on a phased project to fully restore the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Complex. The multi-year restoration included exterior stone conservation, interior stone, wood, and plaster restoration, stained glass stabilization and conservation, and landscape restoration. All mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were replaced and the complex is heated and cooled with a new, nine-well geothermal plant.
RKLA’s work includes the Perimeter Gardens with 7 new mature columnar Hornbeam trees, bluestone walkways and curbs, and the integration of the geothermal plant and wells. The Memorial Garden with its new bluestone fountain and the Madison Avenue Garden are also part of the project's scope.
The project has been featured in a wide range of media including the New York Times, The History Channel, and Channel 2 News. An excerpt from PBS's Treasures of New York featuring Jeffrey Murphy speaking about the restoration work at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Aired: 08/18/2015 View
Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects
2016 Lucy G. Moses Award by the New York Landmarks Conservancy
2016 AIA National Honor Award
2016 AIA NYC Merit Award