Let me give you a brief visual status report on the still-incomplete restoration of old St.Patrick’s cathedral. A picture in the New York Times had raised the specter of a brilliant, whitewashed interior. As you can see below, these fears have not been realized. The interior has been repainted but in a restrained cream or beige color. It is definitely brighter, however, than the olive drab of the prior color scheme.
(Below) The church prior to restoration.
(above) The unrestored sanctuary; (below) as restored. The tabernacle has been returned to the center of the sanctuary and the painting of the resurrection has disappeared. this resembles the pre-Vatican II condition. See our prior report showing the pre-restoration state of the cathedral including some pictures from pre-conciliar times.
(Below) The prior location of the tabernacle (which depicts the original appearance of the facade of this church.) off to the side.
(Above) as restored – the crucifix is now suspended above the sanctuary and the statues have been painted. (Below) the prior condition.
(Above and below) The figures of the repainted reredos.
(above) A window pre-restoration; (below) restored.
(Above) I believe this image of a South American devotion used to reside in a chapel outside the main church; it is now in the sanctuary. (below) If I am not mistaken, some statues have migrated from the ground level of the nave or sanctuary and now, repainted, stand high above on the reredos.