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

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