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Monday, December 16, 2002 Restored to former glory
Note the beautiful renovation work done at several Midwestern churches by the Ohio firm of Knapp Restoration. The site is tricky to navigate, but its news page highlights a mural restoration at St. Joseph Church, in aptly-named Fort Recovery, Ohio, a project also detailed here. Other projects listed at the Religious Buildings page include these:
In connection with this story on the restoration of a Catholic college chapel in Baltimore, Amy Welborn remarks: If you compare old and new Catholic churches, you'll find that to be one of the greatest differences: color. Even little country churches around here, built in the 19th and early 20th centuries, no matter how simple, all feature color - borders, murals, tromp d'oeil...modern churches are so....bland, yes?
For an illustration of the modern trend, see the web site of St. Barbara's Church in Woburn, Mass. Scroll down to the section on the reordering of the sanctuary, in which a backdrop of blue with silver stars was painted over. Sad to say, not an improvement.