Best Tile Project

Local 3 Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire/Rhode Island

Cathedral Church of St. PaulThe Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Boston, MA 

Signatory Contractor:
Port Morris Tile and Marble Corporation 
Boston, Massachusetts 

Context Architecture 
Boston, Massachusetts 

The cathedral, which was originally built from 1819 to 1820, required the replacement of 11,300 square feet of stone tiles. The tiles were installed by members of BAC Local 3 Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire/Rhode Island using Laticrete Hydroban as an anti-fracture membrane and Laticrete #254 platinum thin set adhesive. 

The largest feature is the 31-foot diameter water-jet cut Labyrinth, which was installed in the Nave area. In addition, 244 sandblasted tiles, with the names of all past and present parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, were installed throughout the Nave. And 14 tiles inset with brass Roman numerals were positioned along the Stations of the Cross. 

There is also a stair with flamed stone tiles, a footwashing area, and a small chapel behind the Nave with waterjet cut tiles, and a stone and glass mosaic fountain. Thanks to BAC members’ craftmanship, visitors can now experience the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in all its historic and spiritual wonder.