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Cathedral of the Covenant

Religious

Cathedral of the Covenant

Cleveland, Ohio

This beautiful Ralph Adams Cram designed gothic revival church built in 1911 was showing its age. Portions of the plaster walls in the apse were buckling, the pews were weakening and sections of the hardwood floor were significantly worn down. Perhaps more frustratingly, the acoustics were dismal and the lighting was insufficient for parishioners to read the hymnals.

WMF led the restoration of the sanctuary as architects and construction manager. New work included new oak hardwood flooring placed over the original floors, slate tile installed in the nave aisles, walls replastered and painted, and a significant reconfiguration of the rear balcony to receive a new organ. All the existing pews were removed, painstaking separated into parts, structurally enhanced, rebuilt and refinished. Replacement chandeliers from a 1950 renovation were abandoned in favor of new chandeliers based on the original Cram design and upgraded for better illumination and energy-efficiency. The result is the magnificently restored sanctuary illustrated in these photographs.

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