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St Patrick's Cathedral – Diocese of Parramatta - Sydney

Projects / Heritage / Interiors / Public

Working with design architect Romaldo Giurgola, the firm was commissioned to undertake the restoration and design of a new Cathedral complex

St. Patrick’s Cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1996 leaving only the masonry walls standing, and the site has been an integral part of the Catholic Church’s history in Australia since the 1820s.

Giurgola’s design focussed on the restoration, with functional and structural changes, of the original Cathedral church (now Blessed Sacrament Chapel) as well as the creation of a new Extension accommodating 800 seated people for Mass.  A new Entry Plaza, Cloister Garden, Parish Hall, and improved parking are also essential parts of the re-design of the Cathedral site.

An extensive Art Program integrates major works of art into the Cathedral’s spaces.  Visible in the gallery are works in metal by sculptor Robin Blau; in stone by sculptor Anne Ferguson; and in timber by designer/maker Kevin Perkins.

With Romaldo Giurgola, Architect
Photography John Gollings