Designed by the prolific church architect Patrick C. Keely, the Church of St. Francis Xavier recently completed an $11.4M renovation and restoration. The year-long project was spearheaded by New York-based architect Thomas A. Fenniman.

Rich in spiritual, cultural and historical significance, Enrico Caruso sang from the church’s balcony; Pietro Yon, an early music director, created the well known Christmas hymn “Gesu Bambino;” Louis Tiffany provided stained glass windows, Thomas Merton worshipped here; and the Academy Award winning “On the Waterfront” was inspired by the real-life heroism of Xavier’s own, Reverend John Corridan, S.J. who became the leading authority on labor relations at the nearby Chelsea piers.

Known as a religious community that demands ”more” and works tirelessly on behalf of disenfranchised groups, it was logical that Pastor Joe Costantino would seek out the services of a non-traditional design firm to infuse the space with drama and theatricality while preserving its traditional grace and elegance.

Tim Hunter Design carefully crafted a comprehensive lighting plan that reinforces the beautiful architecture, provides dramatic focus for a variety of liturgical services and makes use of specialty lighting during concerts and theatrical presentations.

The finished project met all of these requirements and exceeded the expectations of the restoration committee.

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Location: 46 West 16th Street, New York, NY
Architects: Thomas Fenniman Architects