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Cathedral of the Holy Cross

CompanyElkus Manfredi Architects
Lead DesignersDavid P. Manfredi, FAIA, LEED AP
Design TeamCatherine Naughton, John Mitchell, Michael Haggerty, Mark Naher, Brittany Locke, Marco Anciano
Project LocationBoston, Massachusetts
ClientArchdiocese of Boston
CreditsRobert Benson Photography, George Martell
Prize(s)Gold in Interior Design / Religious, Symbolic and spiritual buildings/monume
Entry Description

Architects designed a comprehensive renovation to bring new life and light to Boston’s 144-year old Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Relying on a 3D digital model and historical photos, they restored/lightened interior finishes, reconfigured the sanctuary platforms to project the altar closer to congregants, redesigned interior/exterior lighting to improve visibility and drama, integrated modern infrastructural and ADA improvements, and created new liturgical appointments to match original reredos. Completed in time for Palm Sunday 2019, the church once again shines as a beacon to the community.


Elkus Manfredi Architects creates dynamic, connected, sustainable places and environments that foster community, from workplace to urban neighborhoods. The firm provides a synergistic combination of services that includes architecture, interior architecture, workplace strategy, employee engagement and change management, master planning, and urban design. With a 30+ year legacy of design distinction, the firm is recognized for its work with corporate, life sciences, workplace, higher education, hospitality, residential, and retail-entertainment clients.