Masterplan and Historic Renovation
San Antonio, Texas

Located at the historic center of the city, San Fernando Cathedral and its surrounding plazas served as the center of daily life in San Antonio throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The church building as it exists today is part Spanish Colonial that dates from 1739 together with a larger, French Gothic-style nave which was added about 1874. This church is the oldest operating cathedral in the United States.

In the Fall of 1999, RRTL began developing a master plan for the historic restoration and expansion of San Fernando. The restoration has focused on stabilizing deteriorating conditions; enhancing the liturgical environment; and, relieving some of the stresses associated with over-usage in a busy and vibrant parish community. Construction began in spring of 2002.

Expansion of facilities include a new Cathedral Centre. The Cathedral Centre is built immediately adjacent and to the south of the cathedral. This facility houses a cathedral museum and visitor centre; restrooms; a dining room and kitchen; a sacristy; and pastoral offices. The Cathedral Centre also houses production offices for the cathedral’s important television ministry.