We are excited to announce new developments with the exterior lighting project!
Our goal is to illuminate the stairs to improve safety at night and fill the Portico and Bell Towers with light. This will highlight the texture and details of the frescos and architecture. Upgrades to the dome lighting is also being studied. We will provide exterior lighting project updates regularly throughout the Summer as we plan to start the project by June when funds become secure. Below are the current lighting and proposed lighting.
Urgent Masonry Repairs: $250,000
~ The Basilica is experiencing significant deterioration of the stone and roof ledges. As the stone erodes away, these structural flaws pose a safety hazard to those below as well as affect the beautiful detail of the Basilica. We are currently scheduling another inspection to assess the best approaches to the masonry issues. The spalling and breakage of the decorative ledges and stone pieces has reached dangerous levels. We are loosing the beauty of the Basilica piece by piece.
Reinvigorating the Annual Fund: $300,000
~ The Annual Fund is an important vehicle to create sustainable yearly maintenance dollars.
Glass Repair: $180,000
~ The stained glass windows are also an upcoming high priority project.
The windows in the stairwells and the Sacristy, along with the frames in
the Pavilion are deteriorated due to weather and age. This year, we will be
exploring the best solutions to the windows issues.