Skip To The Main Content
The Keck Group's Church Pew Refinishing Since 1972

Dear Bob, As the Church's owner representative on our major renovation project and on behalf of the church, I want to thank you for your outstanding performance on the pew renovation. The pews look amazing and have drawn rave reviews from the congregation. Your advice as we considered finish and other options put us on the right path. The refinishing and reuphostering was done efficiently and professionally. You really went above and beyond expectations when you responded to the scheudule pinch that we created by our late fabric selection. As you recall, having all three sections done by the end of August and having the center section done for a wedding in mid-August was critical to us. The innovative phasing that you suggested and then the implemented worked perfectly and made it possible for us to meet all of our deadlines. As one who's been involved in a lot of projects over the years, it was a pleasure to deal with people who take a problem not of their making and solve it instead of using it as an excuse. Thanks for working with us on this important project. Sincerely yours, William K. Wakefield Nassau Project Manager

William K. Wakefield

Work continues on Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

by The Keck Group | Jun 14, 2016
The Keck Group is progressing on work on modifying and restoring the pews at the historic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson, NJ

We were chosen for this project because we combined a new approach to alleviate the existing pew comfort issue. With a strong background in modifying old historic pews built for smaller bodies of the early 1900’s, The Keck Group used their former experience to create a more comfortable seating as requested by church goers in the 2000’s.

Instead of opting for expensive new pew bodies (the intent had been to replace everything but the decorative ends), we offered the option of just replacing the seat with a wider, contoured new oak seat. 

Visually, the restored pews would still retain the exact look as they have for the past 80 years, but the comfort factor would be updated to the 2000’s. As you look down the church, the back capping and the backs themselves are original. Same nice old grain, while retaining the patina (beauty of age) so desired by the architects.

Although the install date is still elusive because of the problems often uncovered during the restoration of a project of this magnitude, we are well underway at our facility in Middletown, NY.

All of the seats, backs, and ends have had the finish removed, and we are in the finishing stage. The newly manufactured contoured seats are now in-house ready to be finished, the kneelers ordered, and we look forward to assembly and installation.

For more information, click here.