Cathedral of the Assumption

Louisville, Kentucky

Interior restoration of the Cathedral of the Assumption


To provide plaster restoration and decorative painting for the historic Cathedral of the Assumption Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky,  which had a neglected, old coating of plain paint.

Also to conserve the Coronation Window, which was fabricated in 1852 and is believed to be one of the oldest American-made stained glass windows in the U.S.


Trompe l’oeil painting was used to create the appearance of stone and tracery on the back wall of the sanctuary. These complement the existing elements in the church.

The Coronation Window was in a dilapidated state upon initial inspection. Due to the widespread deterioration of the lead, the window panel was completely disassembled. Areas of faded paint were meticulously replicated on two-millimeter slide glass and sandwiched to the original using copper foil. Eighteen missing pieces were replicated based on symmetry in the design and historic research.

The Cathedral’s restoration received financial support from the entire community and is used by Catholics and non-Catholics alike for special celebrations.


  View additional Cathedral & Basilica
  before/after restoration photos
  here in this 4 minute slideshow.





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