Maggie Kane

Restoring a local treasure

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When French architect Emmanuel Masqueray built the Basilica of St. Mary in the early 1900s, he neglected to factor in an important Minnesota characteristic.

“He didn’t really understand the weather patterns here that are so extreme,” said Johan M. J. van Parys, director of liturgy and sacred arts at the Basilica.

“It is rumored that in the 1970s and early 1980s there were more buckets in the church collecting water than there were people attending services,” van Parys added.

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