2013 National Terrazzo and Mosaic Honor Award Winner
The Cathedral of Christ the King that stands in Lexington Kentucky was built in 1967 with imported Italian marble and elegant terrazzo floors. In the decades since its consecration, the cathedral has seen its parish grow to more than 3,000 families. Christ the King, which has been the cathedral for the Diocese of Lexington since 1988, embarked on 1 $5.3 million expansion project. The new additions include a perpetual adoration chapel, a new alter tabernacle and baptistery in which the new marble and terrazzo matched the original. Martina brothers were able to locate the original marble quarries in Italy to match the existing marble slabs and aggregate. “If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was part of the original,” says Dino Martina.
In the new baptistery, the original baptismal font was moved to adjoin a new poured in place terrazzo pool. There was a lot of preparation and craftsmanship that was involved in installing the terrazzo pool. The marble steps fabrication had to be precise in order to abut against the original.
The church and its congregation celebrated the completion of the project with a consecration in the spring, just in time for the baptisms during the Easter Vigil.