As a result of the August 2011 earthquake, notable damage to the national historic landmark Basilica, designed by the noted American architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe in the early 1800s, included visible cracks in the plaster at walls, vaults, arches, and domes, as well as exterior brick masonry and plaster damage.
Interior and exterior repairs, including exterior stucco repair at the two bell towers, returned the Basilica to its glory.
Remaining operational during repairs
A key aspect of the work at the Basilica required that the church remain open and “presentable” for weekend worship and previously scheduled weddings. The team also led the exterior restoration of the Archbishop’s Residence that stands adjacent to the Basilica. Along with the exterior renovation of the Archbishop’s Residence that stands adjacent to the Basilica, the team’s design ultimately enhanced the architectural clarity of the campus.