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Keck Restores Pews in Four Cathedrals Simultaneously
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The 5th Cathedral - St. Agnes Cathedral, New York
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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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The Trinity Church New York, NY

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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St. Patrick’s Cathedral/NY NY:

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The Keck Group is once again back at St. Patrick’s in 2017 employing a modern epoxy-based anchoring system. 
Additionally, the Lady Chapel has been removed, as well as all of the South Transept Pews, to facilitate a heavy duty ramp from 51st street, through the south doors, across the nave, and up the stairs to the hallway surrounding the sanctuary.  Heavy glass panels are being erected at the entrance of the Lady Chapel in order to secure a somber relevance to the space, rather than the original wide open entrance.
Although we refinished the Lady Chapel pews twenty years ago, the Cathedral wanted to match them to the recently refinished pews in the nave and transepts, so this was accomplished prior to reinstallation.  Included were new kneelers and Atwood Hamlin Pew Form Cushions..
Work was completed in early October, 2017.
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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist/Paterson NJ

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We finished installing the refinished pews in the beautifully restored Cathedral in May 2017. Our work was completed well before the commitment date of mid-May, and the modified and restored pews are one of the more vocal points of the restoration. The pews were modified for comfort, while still keeping the historical significance of the original pew design.
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