Award-winning restoration project: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul

Cathedral Saints Peter and Paul

The principal church of the diocese, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, was completed in 1864, and is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Its historical facade is an important mark of the East side of Logan Square on 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The Cathedral Basilica has been the site of many of the most important and solemn events in the life of the Church of Philadelphia. In addition, the Cathedral Basilica is a destination for the many visitors who come to Philadelphia from around the country and from around the world. The Cathedral Basilica is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

!Did You Know?
It is the largest brownstone structure in Philadelphia and the largest Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is modeled after the Lombard Church of Saint Charles (San Carlo al Corso) in Rome and is an excellent example of Roman-Corinthian architecture. The Cathedral Basilica measures more than 250 feet in length, 136 feet in width, and approximately 156 feet in height from the floor to the top of the dome. However, if measured from the floor to the top of the 11-foot gold cross atop the dome, the total height is 314 feet above the pavement. The façade is also graced by four massive stone columns of the Corinthian order, over 60 feet high and 6 feet in diameter.

The great dome is a recognizable landmark and is an iconic symbol of the Catholic Church in Philadelphia. Alongside the aqua oxidized-copper dome, the Palladian façade reflects significant historical value and presence.

2012 Grand Jury Award - Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and PaulOver the years, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul has gone through several renovations. And BirdMaster is honored to have been a part of the most recent one.

Architects, preservation and restoration specialists involved in the process did a fantastic job but their efforts would be wasted if the facades were left unprotected from bird infestation. It was left to BirdMaster to maintain the aesthetics by keeping birds and their droppings away from the Cathedral facades. Over time, birds can severely deteriorate the structure and cause permanent damage to the façade stonework.

By installing PermaNet Lite, a humane bird netting, BirdMaster insured that birds and Cathedral were safe.

The non destructive design and installation methods employed were challenging, but with dedicated work and the right product choice, the result was award-winning. BirdMaster PermaNet Lite blends uniformly and becomes invisible from the ground.

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