In 1985 the Vatican approved the request for Saint Joseph’s Church to become the cathedral for the Diocese of San Jose, provided it could be fully restored and meet Vatican II liturgical changes. In March of 1987, the church was closed and underwent an extensive and thorough restoration. On November 4, 1990, it was reopened and dedicated as the ― Cathedral of Saint Joseph.
The roof of St. Joseph’s with its central dome, cupolas, finials, and towers, remains one of the building’s most striking features — when prior to restoration, it had been one of its most perplexing problems.
- Time, coupled with weather and sporadic, inadequate maintenance contributed to the deterioration of the roof, resulting in severe water damage to the dome murals, ceiling, and wall decorations.
- At one point in time, the roof was covered with a black asphalt material and then covered with a silver painted tin roof overlay.
- Architect Bryan Clinch’s original design called for a copper roof. Copper also used on central dome, 4 cupola domes, and 2 tower domes
- Ribs of dome, towers, and cupolas were replaced with a lightweight composite concrete material tinted to match façade
Images complementary from Whole Trees Architecture & Structure.
Major Areas of Restoration
- Roof totally reinforced
- Outside walls reinforced with concrete and steel rebar extending from the eaves to 19 feet below ground level
- Epoxy injected between bricks for added strength
- All ceiling and wall trusses reinforced
- Steel stairways added in both towers
- 60% of interior plaster replaced
- New oak flooring throughout
- 16 new chandeliers built and installed
- Thorough cleaning and basic repair of all stained glass windows
- Extensive electrical repairs and new sound system
- Installation of new ―no load sprinkler system
- Security alarm system
- All paintings and murals cleaned and repainted
- All ceiling and wall decorations cleaned, repaired, and painted
- Organ disassembled and refurbished
- New furnishings designed and installed
- New stained glass windows designed, created, and installed
- Complete painting of building interior and exterior
- New plaza area constructed behind Cathedral