Week 17 Cathedral Restoration Update
Jeff of Emil Frei & Associates installing the tempered glass protectors for the stained glass windows on the facade of the church.
Sections of the apse windows that have been taken out for restoration are now re-installed. Jeff explains that they added horizontal rods to prevent the bowing or curving of the leaded stained glass due to heat and gravity.
The terracotta bas-relief on the tympanum of the church (over the south entrance) was damaged due to foundation settlement. To reconnect the broken pieces, epoxy was applied by Restoration Plus, a company based in St. Louis, Missouri whose expertise is on statue and relief restoration.
Outside, Rich of Restoration Plus is making sure the joints on the exterior terracotta are water tight to prevent moisture from seeping in and causing damage to the interior terracotta.
Below is the frame that will allow the mechanism for double pocket doors in the sacristy. The previous swing doors were sometimes intrusive and impractical.
Bryon of Conrad Schmitt Studios applying stenciling on the walls of the south side chapel.
Sean of Conrad Schmitt Studios painting the walls of the north side chapel.
Here's the outcome (although not quite finished).
Here's a close-up of the stencil pattern. The Chi (X) - Rho (P) are the first two letters of the word "Khristos" in Greek and, therefore, one of the earliest symbols for Christ. The fleur-de-lis has become a symbol for the Trinity. The circle is a symbol for God, who has no beginning or end.
Here's Byron demonstrating the process of cleaning the Stations of the Cross.
Here are a couple of samples of cleaned and restored Stations of the Cross.
Our Stations of the Cross are oil painting on copper, which was popular in the 1920's. They used copper because it is a more stable medium than canvas.
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Our next open house is this Saturday, May 4, after the 4:00 PM Mass, and Sunday, May 5, after the 7:30, 9:30 and 11:15 AM Masses.
Fr. Rommel Tolentino
on Thursday, May 2 at 11:14AM