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Preparations for Pope Francis’ visit to New York City in September have kept workers busy at a North Street business for more than three years.

The Keck Group’s church pew restoration plant expects to soon make its last delivery of pews and furnishings to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. The batch includes presider side chairs to seat the pope and Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the main altar.

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It’s been an exceptionally busy winter and spring as we move into our really busy summer months.

The first of the year saw a grand beginning with the start of pew refinishing projects in four large churches, and continues with the following churches either just completed or now under way...

St. Anne Church, Garden City NY
St. Paul Church in Brookville NY
St. Rose Church, Newtown CT
Holy Trinity in Hackensack NJ
St. John Church in Goshen NY
Our Lady of Victory in Plattsburg NY
All Souls Unitarian Church, NY NY
Mt. St. Vincent College Chapel, Riverdale NY
St. Mary Church in Hamilton NY 
Cathedral of the Holy Cross lower church Boston MA.
Galilee Church, Virginia Beach VA
Church of the Presentation, Upper Saddle River NJ
The Jewish Center, NY NY
St. Paul, Chester NY
St. Mary, Brooklyn NY
St. Mary Ukranian Church, Carteret NJ
Church of God, Elizabeth NJ

That is a whopping 9000 feet of pews to refinish in the short period of time between January 1 and June 31st!

Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan is an ongoing project due to be installed in November.

No wonder we’re working six days a week.  But the boys are happy for the work and the company is managing to get all of the projects installed on time!

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Trinity Church

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The third and existing Trinity Church was finished in 1846, and as the tallest building in lower Manhattan, it’s towering gothic spire was the welcoming beacon for ships sailing into New York Harbor.  Trinity Church is a registered National Landmark.

After earlier renovations in which the pews were not restored, the church has hired, through Sciame Construction, The Keck Group to restore the pews and matching wainscot.  Besides refinishing, the pews are undergoing many ergonomic changes, which include:

  • Lowering the pew ends six inches which is no easy task and requiring great skill to keep the visual as exists.
  • Cutting the high backs down six inches.
  • Replacing the flat seats with new contoured seats.
  • Eliminating the divider wall and substituting new joiners.
  • Modifying the wainscot to accept the new design.
  • Manufacturing and installing new mid supports.
  • Manufacturing and installing five new pews to replicate the modified existing.

We removed the pews, screens and wainscot in mid-May and plan on installing when the church interior is completed in November, 2019.


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The Keck Group Restorers of pews in 10 recent cathedral projects

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The Keck Group has moved through the years from pew refinishers to pew restoration specialists as the need arises for ergonomic adjustments in pew design because of the increased size of church attendees.

Many of the older church pews had flat seats, straight backs perpendicular to the seats and short seats.  Historically significant pews generally fall into this category because of their earlier age of construction.

Many of the Cathedral pews listed below fall into this category.

Recent Cathedral Pew Restoration Projects:

Churches in progress

Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston MA

Trinity Church, Lower Manhattan

St. Peter, Pittsburg PA

St. Mary, Aspen CO

Our Lady of Grace, Hoboken

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Centereach NY

Blessed Sacrament, Staten Island NY

St. Stephens, Middleburg VA

St. Heide & St. Hugh’s, NY,NY

St. Joseph Church, Rutherford NJ

Citadel Church, Brooklyn NY

St. Anthony of Padua, Passaic NJ

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