With much fanfare, the bronze doors at Saint Patrick's Cathedral are being re-installed after a major overhaul to bring them back to their original splendor.
The 9,000-pound bronze doors arrived on a flat bed truck Tuesday morning and are carefully being mounted into their frames.
Originally built in 1949, the doors feature depictions of different saints, including the Fifth Avenue cathedral's namesake, Saint Patrick.
For more than eight months, temporary aluminum doors were in place at the Cathedral's main entrance. The doors were painstakingly restored at a workshop in Long Island City by the Popian family.
"The main challenge was removing many, many years of deposits of pollution and applied coatings of the program the doors have been painted heavily on top of the existing corrosion products," said G&L Popian Inc. Vice President Gabriel Popian.
"The structure of the door had failed, it basically rusted out over the 60 years that it was in place as it took three or four people as large as me to push the doors open and closed," said Structuretone Project Manager Ron Pennella.
The doors are part of a $177 million restoration project at the city's most famous cathedral.
So far, $80 million has been raised for the massive under taking, which is expected to be complete in 2015.
For more information, visit saintpatrickscathedral.org.