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The committee claims more than 6,000 people have signed a petition against the project, which the group says is to cost upwards of $8 million.
In 2003, the majestic High Altar will be needlessly destroyed. The elegant marble sanctuary will be jack hammered, and the giant Sacred Heart statue will also be removed, along with the 30 foot high brass canopy and the Blessed Sacrament. The High Altar will be replaced with a pipe organ, and a new altar table will be installed in the middle of the congregation, similar to a theater-in-the-round. The beautiful hanging light fixtures will be eliminated and the stained glass windows are presently in question.
An opening will be cut through the Cathedral's beautiful Indiana limestone exterior wall, for access to a new glass atrium addition on the East side of Sacred Heart. Such an addition will obviously obscure the Gothic architectural design of the exterior. The new Sacred Heart Cathedral may look more like a community center or auditorium.
For an example of Vosko's past work, see St. James Cathedral in Seattle before and after. Critics in San Antonio have compiled a more detailed Vosko dossier.
See what's in store for the Rochester cathedral here.