The general offices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington under construction at 12th Street and Madison Avenue. Photo shows the southside of the complex.

Construction of Diocese of Covington's
new offices well under way

Construction is well under way on the new general offices for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington.

Called the Lyceum, the offices will be located on the site of the old St. Mary's School on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and 12th Street.

Temporarily located today at the old St Elizabeth North, the offices were for years based in Boone County. Two years ago Bishop Roger Foys announced that the general offices would eventually move from the old hospital to the Lyceum.

The project will feature the refurbishing of the interior of the front part of the Lyceum building facing Madison Avenue; tearing down and replacing the rear section with a new two-floor office wing; and expanded areas for parking.

The new wing replaces the old structure to the rear that contained an auditorium and classrooms. It will provide space for a parish hall and gathering place.

"The front portion of the building facing Madison Ave. is the architecturally significant part of the building," said Don Knochelmann, director of the diocesan Office of Buildings and Property in The Messenger. "It's structurally sound and has great historical value that contributes to the Cathedral Square."

Bishop Foys decided that the offices should remain in Covington, the see (or seat) city of the diocese. Construction will be completed later in 2013.

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