Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Covington, KY

Completed: 2001


Working with liturgical design consultant Bill Brown in the role of project architect/ liturgical design consultant discerned consensus design scheme after long, contentious and difficult design process.

Acceptance of the $6,000,000 preservation, restoration, renovation and liturgical renewal of this historic cathedral in Covington, Kentucky was achieved through restoration and reuse of the treasured wood baldachino and sanctuary woodwork.

Also included in the project were the cleaning and repointing of the exterior masonry, restoration of the Meyer stained glass windows, Duveneck murals and mosaic Stations of the Cross as well as the upgrading of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.

The major elements of the of the liturgical renewal were moving the altar to the great crossing of the cathedral, placement of the baptismal font near the main entrance on axis with the altar and repositioning the cathedra nearer to and facing the assembly.

The new altar was fabricated from elements of the former high altar and the bronze gates of communion rail. These were incorporated with additional marble and bronze to create the new altar. The baptismal font was also a composition of the existing baptismal font as an upper basin with the lower basin composed of elements from the existing communion rail and a new cast bronze gate along with mosaics that line the lower basin

Project Team:

Project Architect/ Liturgical Design Consultant: William E. Brocious AIA
Architect/ Engineers of Record: KZF Inc.
Acoustical Consultant: Musonics
Lighting Consultant: Schuler Shook