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St. Mary Minor Basilica

Natchez, Mississippi

A tornado that struck in the spring of 1998 precipitated restoration of the original 1842 Cathedral of Natchez, the tallest structure within this historic city. The work designed encompassed replacement of the roof, provision of access within the clock tower, renovation of the decorative interior and correction of functional and code-related deficiencies. The initial phase concentrated on the exterior and the tower, including restoration of the spire, reconstruction of the pinnacles using cast stone, and installation of a new standing seam roof. The second phase addressed interior finishes and decorative treatments, removing asbestos tiles from walls and ceilings, restoring plaster surfaces, and creating a new painting scheme based upon the long-covered original with trompe l’oeil treatments and gold leafing.


2001, The George M.D. and Ethel M. Kelly Restoration Award, The Historic Natchez Foundation
2006, Honor Award, AIA New Orleans
2006, Honor Award, AIA Louisiana
2007, Honor Award, AIA Gulf States Region
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