Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Savannah, Georgia

Restored interior of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah, GA - Photo: Don DuBroff

Built: 1976
Original Architect: Baldwin & Price

Challenge

To re-decorate the interior in a manner similar to the original; and, to conserve and restore the murals and stained glass windows for this important monument in Savannah, Georgia.

Solution

Conrad Schmitt Studios researched the Cathedral's early decoration and created a new decorative scheme that is both sympathetic to the original and reflective of today's preferences.

For the 19th century French Gothic Revival Cathedral, artists from CSS conducted the meticulous decorative painting, which included stenciling, glazing and gilding. Studio artists also conserved and restored twenty-four 1912 murals originally produced by the studio of Paul Gutsche.

Restoration of the Cathedral's stained glass windows was challenging, as more than 4000 pieces of glass needed to be replicated to suit the client's wishes. The replication of these pieces required extensive glazing and firing to duplicate the originals. These efforts were so successful, that the windows now look exactly as they did when they were first installed. The project culminated with the rededication attended by Catholic dignitaries from around the world.

 

Restorations

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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