Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph
Acheson Doyle was engaged by the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph to restore the 1912 Spanish Colonial style church to its original splendor. It is situated on a cathedral-like close, in the rejuvenated neighborhood around the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn.
Exterior restoration included new slate roofing and copper gutters and leaders, with stand-offs installed on the south-facing roofs to accommodate future solar panels. The brick and terra-cotta facades were cleaned and repointed, and the stained glass windows were restored by Botti Studio. Portions of the bell towers, structurally unstable and beyond repair, were replicated in cast fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) to match the original terra-cotta, for reasons of weight as much as cost. The broad granite entrance steps, cleaned and reset and free of former fence enclosure, anchors the main façade and creates a welcoming presence.