Originally painted in 1901 by Almini Company, the murals have been compromised by a heavy layer of dirt and grime with decades of airborne pollutants from fossil fuel heating, candles and other airborne accretions. The conservation process will consist of a re-cohesion of the “paint” and/or pigment to the existing plaster, as well as a re-cohesion of the plaster to itself is the aim of this consolidation. Cleaning will consist in the removal of all unoriginal products, dirt, varnish, paints, fills, and/or previous restorations. Holes, gouges, scratches and other losses will be compensated with gesso. After these procedures, the murals can be varnished. Areas of previous paint loss will be color matched and in-painted. It is important that the entire painted surface reads homogeneously and brought to its best state-of-conservation.
Light in the narthex is provided by a row of seven pendant lanterns suspended from a 17’ long beam that stretches the length of the vaulted ceiling. The light fixture, original to Shaw’s 1901 design, needs repair. The seven Arts and Crafts style lanterns are rectangular, with frosted glass panes set with lead came. In one of the lanterns, the glass shade has completely separated from its metal cap. It is currently held together by wire. Lumenlle will repair and clean the fixture in the winter of 2019.
The preservation plan documented the original construction, subsequent alterations, and current conditions of the church and included prioritized recommendations for future work.
After 100 years, the font is dirty.
The clapper mechanism was no longer working.
All the 1901-1903 Frederic Clay Bartlett murals need cleaning.
Bill Klopsch Stained Glass cleaned and restored the stencil glass window located on the south façade of the bell tower (window is original to Renwick’s design). As much as possible of the original glass was repaired and reused, with minimal pieces of glass replaced.