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 Cathedral is part Spanish Colonial, dating from 1739 and part French Gothic from an 1850’s addition. This is the oldest cathedral in the United States.

The RRTL Team prepared the master plan, the design, and the documents for the historic restoration and expansion of San Fernando Cathedral over the course of a four year period. The restoration focused on stabilizing deteriorating conditions, enhancing the liturgical environment, and relieving some of the stresses associated with overuse in a busy and vibrant parish community. In addition, rigorous attention to historic guidelines and details has preserved the buildings’ history and heritage as one of the most important structures in the State of Texas.

Expansion of the Cathedral Complex included a new Cathedral Centre on the South of the Cathedral that defines an enclosed exterior plaza. 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.