Cathedral Church of St. Luke

Portland, Maine

A devastating electrical fire created an opportunity for revitalization at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke.  Projects included the renovation and restoration of an 1890s masonry parish hall heavily damaged by smoke and fire, as well as two additions to accommodate clergy offices and a stair tower.  The additions to this historic Gothic Revival structure required careful consideration of materials and design details.  The color and texture of the brick and mortar were painstakingly matched and the material for the decorative window surrounds, tinted precast concrete, was selected as an economical material that would relate well to the existing Nova Scotia sandstone on the original building. New mechanical, electrical and structural systems, as well as a fire suppression system, were carefully integrated into the existing structures and new additions.  Two new fire stairs with exits directly to the outside provided continued use of the second story assembly space, which was previously not up to code.

In its recognition for the project, Greater Portland Landmarks noted, “At a time when many churches are struggling with decisions regarding preservation, St. Luke’s has demonstrated leadership in recognizing the value of their historic buildings and the critical importance of ongoing and sensitive maintenance.  Not only has outstanding restoration work been undertaken on the Cathedral and Codman Chapel, recent renovations to the fire-damaged Cathedral Hall have been carefully considered.  The design of the Hall’s new addition is both contemporary and respectful of its historic context. . .”

Special Features: 
Additions blend compatibly with the historic parish hall, with a precise brick and mortar match.

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