Past Projects


2018 Campus Improvements

November 30, 2018
Throughout the year a number of other campus improvements were completed. Continually maintaining and improving our campus is crucial to our mission.  Lower level kitchen: plumbing and drainage updates, new flooring, sinks, cabinets, and refrigerators ...

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Dome Tuck-pointing

September 01, 2018
    2018 marks an important milestone in the restoration of The Basilica Landmark. This past year, exterior tuck-pointing was completed on The Basilica dome—reaching over 138 feet in the air. Throughout the past 25-years tuck-pointing repairs have been mad...

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Storage Garage

March 16, 2018
The storage garage for seasonal equipment was completed in 2017. Previously, summer lawn mowers and winter snow blowers had to be rotated to an off-site storage garage due to limited space. This new garage allows staff and volunteer maintenance teams to easily access the equipmen...

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Interior Dome LED Lighting

March 01, 2018
    Help us illuminate the mission of The Basilica Landmark as we transform our interior dome lighting to LEDs — offering our historic space a life-sustaining future for the people and purpose we serve. Currently, the interior dome lighting utilizes 29,000 wa...

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Accessibility Improvements

November 30, 2017
The Basilica Landmark continually strives to make the church and campus facilities accessible and welcoming to all parishioners and visitors. The 2017 Landmark Ball Fund-A-Need successfully raised $125,000 for accessibility improvements throughout the campus. The interior and ex...

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Saint Anthony of Padua Chapel Restoration

November 07, 2017
The Saint Anthony of Padua Chapel, located to the east of the sanctuary, restoration included cleaning the Mankato limestone to the original natural color. In addition, the plaster of the coffered ceiling was repaired and restored to its original color palette. Lighting was updat...

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Church Roof

February 27, 2017
Each building on our campus has a timeline for roof repairs and replacements and is regularly inspected for damage. Maintaining all the roofs in good condition is critical to preserving the structures. A new copper roof was installed on the flat main nave of the Church in 1993...

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Reardon Rectory

February 25, 2017
The Basilica of Saint Mary has been a welcoming community for people of all ages, wherever they are on their faith journey, for more than a century. The Building of Hope has been a spiritual home to many, a place for those most in need in our community and a cultural center. It i...

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Partners in Preservation- The Narthex and the Sacristy

February 15, 2017
The Narthex is The Basilica’s main entrance. Previous roof and wall leaks, which have since been repaired, and decades of votive candle smoke have taken their toll on the decorative interiors of this space. In the course of this project, the limestone walls were cleaned, re...

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Façade Lighting

January 15, 2017
In 2014, new energy efficient lighting was added to the façade of the church to light the bell towers, Mary stone carving, and increase the illumination of the Rose Window. The front of The Basilica had been poorly lit and created a safety hazard. The new lighting has enha...

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Heat and Air Conditioning Systems

January 10, 2017
The Basilica Landmark replaced the 1913 steam heating system in the church and school with a highly efficient hot water system. The two old steam boilers were outdated, highly inefficient and required expensive yearly maintenance to ensure they were working properly.  This n...

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Sacristy Stained Glass Restoration

January 05, 2017
Designed in 1923 by Gaytee Stained Glass artists Robert John Norman and Florence Neubauer, these windows became their masterpiece. Now, almost a century later, Gaytee Stained Glass has cleaned and restored the beautiful windows to their original glory.  The restoration of...

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Organ Repair: Reconstruction of the Great Chamber

January 03, 2017
Due to water damage from the church ceiling, the casing that houses our beautiful Pipe Organ was deteriorating and plaster was crumbling and falling into the organ pipes. What is supposed to house and protect the organ so that it doesn’t succumb to the elements including ...

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Leather Door Restoration

January 02, 2017
The 2010 Masqueray Ball gala featured a Fund-A-Need to raise money for the restoration of The Basilica’s 14 leather doors. Through the generosity of that evening’s participants, The Basilica Landmark raised the $45,000 needed to complete this important project. Two...

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Bronze Door Restoration

January 01, 2017
Every decade, the Basilica’s bronze entry doors need restoration and repair due to discoloration caused by weather and acid rain and the impacts of heavy use and sheer weight of the doors.  This project repaired the bronze finish, crash bars, hinges, and locking mechan...

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