Saint Patrick's Cathedral is a decorated Neo-Gothic-style Catholic cathedral church in the United States. It is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and a parish church, located on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York. It faces Rockefeller Center.
The iconic landmark opened its doors in 1879 and underwent its initial restoration in 1949. But by the 2000s, it was in dire need of more renovation of its deteriorating infrastructure. On March 17, 2012 it was announced that it would undergo restorations to its infrastructure. These renovations and restorations would be completed in time for Pope Francis' September 2015 visit. It included among other things, a full renovation of the rectory and minor renovations to the Cardinal’s residence. The iconic facility serves as the center of the clergy’s religious life and this includes a library, meeting spaces, public outreach areas, a commercial kitchen and residences for the priests. This project included the full renovation of the living quarters, which included replacement of the windows, roof, elevator, fire protection systems, life safety systems, HVAC systems and all infrastructure, as well as the restoration of the historic interior finishes.