The Cathedral of Saint Paul is located on historic Summit Hill which overlooks downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota and the surrounding Mississippi River. Built over 100 years ago, this stunning Beaux Arts French architectural marvel was inspired by the Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the other great churches of France.
St. Paul Linoleum & Carpet Company and Tarkett were selected to replace the floorcovering in the Sacristy. The design intent was to mirror the artistic appearance of the original floor. Due to its design flexibility, acoustical value, slip resistance and underfoot comfort, the decision was made to use Tarkett's Prima Rubber Flooring. However, to recreate the original design, it was necessary to manufacture the product in custom colors, sizes and thickness. As an added design element, Tarkett replicated the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis Coat of Arms in a coordinating tile which was inset into the field tile.
The strategy was to design and install a product that would be representative of the past, present, and future.
Unique Installation Challenge Strategy
The floor is installed in a checkerboard pattern, both at a 45-degree diagonal and in a straight checkerboard. It has a matching border of varying widths that butt into 4" - 8" wide green marble which borders and intersects the space throughout.
The installation layout required modifications throughout the project. These adjustments were intended to enhance the visual appearance and the long term performance of the product. Given the unique historical significance of the space, the goal and challenge of the installation was to turn the flooring into a piece of art.
The attention to detail in the design, manufacturing, and installation is reminiscent of an era of true craftsmanship. It is the hope of all those involved that this project will survive the next 100 years.