It may be true that not too many visitors to the Basilica look down. With so many wondrous works of art at eyeline or higher ... statues, paintings, sculptures ... it can be easy to overlook the floor.  As expected, age and weather have not been kind to the Shrine's floors. Cracks, divots, and holes large enough to gather standing water have become increasingly dangerous for visitors to navigate.

Once the first section of pews was removed in January (the photo above shows the front of the Shrine without the pews), work on the flooring underneath began. Whole sections were carved out so that new, precisely cut marble tiles could be installed. The concrete areas under the pews were also replaced.


The section of floor underneath the first set (10 rows) of pews was finished right before Easter and, once the second set was removed, work immediately began on that section.  Work will continue from the front of the Shrine to the back.  A photo of the completely refinished floor under the first section of pews can be found in the photo gallery below (it is the last image).


Stay updated...

It is our commitment to keep the community up to date as this exciting project gets underway and continues for the next several weeks. 

  • If you have any questions or concerns at all, just call the Rectory at (716) 828-9444. 
  • We will also be communicating through the parish bulletin and parishioner robocalls and our social media channels ... if you don’t already follow us on social media, now is the perfect time to do so!

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