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Restoration of Historic Church Paintings Brings New Life to Congregation

21 Sep 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations has been working on the restoration of the historic St. Lazarus Church in East Boston, MA (now St. Joseph/St Lazarus Church).  

Egan's artist restored the plaster and the decorative church painting which surrounds the large, antique canvas paintings in the sanctuary.  Additionally, we carefully evaluated the canvas paintings of the Crucifixion scene for stability of the frame, canvas and painting.  The paintings, which are over 80 years old, had never been cleaned or restored.   

As a result of age, the canvas paintings were dark from soot and grime accumulated over those 80 years, the beautifully painted facial features were barely visible to the congregation.  Egan's art restoration experts carefully cleaned every millimeter of the frame and each painting, bringing the details of the original paintings back to life.
Throughout the church restoration process, so weekend service could continue without interruption, Egan’s artists remove scaffolding and clean the entire church. This way weekend services could be held without interruption and in comfort.

As the congregation watches the transformation of their church and the professional restoration process progress each week, donations and collections have increased from parishioners as new life is brought back into their congregation.  

The next phase in the restoration project will be the repair and replacement of the sanctuary floor.  Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations will be removing old carpet and replacing it with a new marble tile floor in the sanctuary.

For your church restoration needs, contact Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations.

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