"It is monumental, on a par in terms of design importance with many of the city's noted buildings," she said. "And it played such an important role for the archdiocese, who hired a leading architect and spared no expense building it."
Ward, a founder of the Irish Shrine on Lemmon Street, said volunteers have offered to do routine cleaning and maintenance at St. Peter's. They raised funds for a recent painting project. And rental income from an adjacent building can defray some of the costs of upkeep, he said.