C O U RT E SY O F P E T E R M A A S
PETER MAAS AND THE SEARCH FOR THE STONE
MEET OUR MASTER STONEMASON, KAZIMIERZ HAROWICZ
The idea to clad the Expansion with stone from the school’s original quarry was a romantic one, with a nod to the important history of the Cathedral Close. In practice, however, this romance soon faded—the old quarry was unable to match the color and texture of the original. Peter Maas, Cathedral’s CFO/COO and the intrepid steward of the Expansion Project, went on a quest to find a quarry that would perfectly replicate the existing stone—and cut it into shapes that could mimic the original design when built. With a sample of the original in hand, Mr. Maas traveled around Vermont and upstate New York, staying at “several spooky bed and breakfasts” along the way, and tirelessly tracked down a perfect match. After nine months, he found it at Champlain Stone in Warrensburg, New York. The quarry was able to make 26 different shapes that could effectively replicate the existing stone pattern. The beautiful results are on display along the Terrace Level entrance of the Expansion.
C O L I N M U R R AY
A multifaceted project like this takes people with diverse talents and skills who join together to make a dream reality. For Cathedral, Kazimierz Harowicz was one such person. Kaz (as he prefers to be known) is a master stonemason for the contractors Nicholson & Galloway and has worked on the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other landmarks in New York City. With good humor and optimism, Kaz worked with CFO/COO Peter Maas to keep the project moving forward and used specialized techniques so that the 2018 stonework seamlessly matched that from 1913. Kaz is originally from Poland and lived in Italy and Greece before arriving in New York in 1994. He now says, “New York is my one city,” but on his first day of work years ago, he found himself patching stonework 34 stories above the ground in a high wind, which made him fear that “it would be my first and last day” as a master stonemason here. The school extends heartfelt thanks to Kaz and all the workers who worked on this project over the past two years.
S P R I N G 2019