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The 5th Cathedral - St. Agnes Cathedral, New York
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See our feature in the Times Herald-Record:

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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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Cardinal Dolan Blesses the New Catholic Charities Facility

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On 4/4/13 Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, visited and blessed the new Catholic Charities Facility in Middletown, NY.

The festive occasion marked the grand opening/ribbon cutting of the modern facility located at 305 North Street, in the building next to The Keck Group, Inc., the pre-imminent pew refinishing company in the country.

Bob Koeck, President of The Keck Group, Inc, and Keck Properties, LLC, owners of the building, tried to coerce the Cardinal to come next door to see his pews from St. Patrick's Cathedral being refinished, but time was short, and he apologized for not being able to see the refinishing process first hand.

We were lucky, though, to get Msgr. Kevin Sullivan to get a look and comment on the progress of the project and the beautiful transformation of the grand old pews.
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St. Michael’s Parish, Exeter NH

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St. Michael’s Church in Exeter New Hampshire recently completed a total renovation of their nave and sanctuary.

After months of negotiating, advising, conjoling and finally getting approval to refinish one of their pews as a sample for the entire project (which proved to be the turning point in their decision to choose our company), the Keck Group won out to win the contract for refinishing the pews.

Starting out as colonial style pews with white inserts on both the pews and frontals, we were able to go with a completely natural finish, as evidenced by the before and after pictures.

The church was extremely pleased by the finished product as evidenced, below, by the unsolicited testimonials from the Clerk of the works, and the architect.
 
Dianne - Architect: Said about the project, “The pews are absolutely beautiful!  Everything I had hoped for!", “Great work to all.”
 
Clerk: “Hi Terry/Bob:  the pews continue to get many praises. Wishing you both a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”
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