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how the hartford bishops' foundation is rebuilding the cathedral
Workers have erected scaffolds to begin repairing structural damage to the steeple including the bell tower and the cross that crowns it. A new illumination system will be installed in the steeple making it a beacon of light and symbol of hope in the Archdiocese. The outer limestone will also be restored, as part of Phase I of this restoration project.
The work is expected to be done by the end of 2018, and cost $2.2 million dollars. The project is being subsidized by funds raised at the 2016 Hartford Bishops’ Foundation Gala, generous donations by the Knights of Columbus, and private gifts.
Phase II of the restoration project are slated to begin the beginning of 2019 and entail renovating the lower Cathedral by creating new educational and community meeting facilities, a dining area and mausoleum.
The final phase will include developing a Cathedral Square to include a welcome plaza, pedestrian mall, memorial park area, and public gardens as a gathering place for the entire community.